• WordNet 3.6
    • v bowdlerise edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate "bowdlerize a novel"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bowdlerise bowd′lėr-īz to expurgate a book or writing, to remove indelicate words or phrases, esp. to do so unnecessarily
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Dr T. Bowdler (1754-1825), who published an expurgated Shakespeare in ten volumes in 1818.


In literature:

In addition to "bowdlerise," there is "sandwich.
"The Days Before Yesterday" by Lord Frederick Hamilton
Of course it's Bowdlerised as to words, but she manages to get back all that's been taken out in her acting.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
But Mrs. Batterby could not stand being Bowdlerised, or even translated.
"Princess Mary's Gift Book" by Various