bowdlerize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bowdlerize edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate "bowdlerize a novel"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Bowdlerize To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts considered offensive; to remove morally objectionable parts; -- said of literary texts. "It is a grave defect in the splendid tale of Tom Jones . . . that a Bowdlerized version of it would be hardly intelligible as a tale."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bowdlerize To expurgate in editing by expunging words or passages considered offensive or indelicate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
After Dr. Thomas Bowdler, an English physician, who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818

Usage

In literature:

At all events, even on the bowdlerized evidence that exists, it is plain that Anne Turner should have been charged only with attempted murder.
"She Stands Accused" by Victor MacClure
I don't want to Bowdlerize Shakespeare.
"Ann Veronica" by H. G. Wells
I have no wish to bowdlerize Sir Richard Steele, his ways and words.
"Essays" by Alice Meynell
So away we set off, Harriet Bowdler accompanying me, and some others following.
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
I never can understand the objections to Bowdlerism.
"Lady John Russell"
SWINBURNE unexpectedly says a good word for the much be-mocked BOWDLER.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101. October 24, 1891" by Various
He opened the window to catch the damp air, as Dr. Bowdler came in and touched him on the arm.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
Sometimes a scholar's fallacy, a sworn foe to Dr. Bowdler, she is Notre Dame de Milet, our Lady of Limerick.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
In one point I do certainly think that Victorian Bowdlerism did pure harm.
"The Victorian Age in Literature" by G. K. Chesterton
I am glad to say that Clark and Wright Bowdlerize Shakespeare, though much less extensively than Bowdler.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald to Fanny Kemble (1871-1883)" by Edward FitzGerald
It would be difficult to find a Bowdler for this Madeleine, and impossible to adapt her to the use of families.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Bowdler's Family Shakspeare, cheap edition suggested, 245.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Doctor Bowdler had frankly told his niece his reasons for wishing her to go down to the sea-shore.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
Bowdler, Miss Hannah, 62.
"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
By Dr. R. BOWDLER SHARPE.
"Left on the Prairie" by M. B. Cox
I know we've told each other all our lives before, but of course we both bowdlerized.
"The Beautiful Miss Brooke" by Louis Zangwill
Among them was Mr Bowdler, the newly-appointed vicar of the parish.
"Digby Heathcote" by W.H.G. Kingston
Bowdler's edition (1825) is noticeable for its expurgations.
"English Lands Letters and Kings" by Donald G. Mitchell
Purslow's was out of change that day; and so, strange to say, was Bowdler's.
"Ovington's Bank" by Stanley J. Weyman
B. WOODWARD, F. L. S.; R. KIRKPATRICK; R. I. POCOCK; R. BOWDLER SHARPE, LL.
"Daniel Boone" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
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In news:

Remember bowdlerize the next time you're playing Scrabble.
10 Many of these songs were explicitly about pot in their original album track incarnations, then bowdlerized to obscure the subject matter as commercial singles.
Another virtual certainty was its bowdlerization.
*as bowdlerized by Alan Gribben.
Why have they caved in to pressure groups by bowdlerizing texts, whitewashing history and eviscerating prose.
Stuff happens, as the old saying goes (bowdlerized for this family friendly publication).
This week, the trilogy climbed the American Library Association's most "challenged" works list TIME looked at other bowdlerized books.
Adapting Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly, Last Summer" for the screen, he slyly defied both the Production Code and the Catholic Church, showing other writers they didn't have to bowdlerize their work.
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