from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove material that is considered offensive or objectionable from (a book, for example).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove or alter those parts of a text considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts considered offensive; to remove morally objectionable parts; -- said of literary texts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To expurgate in editing by expunging words or passages considered offensive or indelicate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
His actions did spawn the term "bowdlerize," which means to gut a work of literature.
Who is anyone to expurgate or bowdlerize the word of God?
They take an idea, bowdlerize it, blow it up, make it infantile and spend $100 million to give people a brief escape from their boring and often demeaning lives at work.
The above excerpt, “Hamlet,” illustrates how such lingual poverty might bowdlerize the legacy of poetry.
I asked the guy who would bowdlerize Larry Niven if given the chance this question: "If someone was writing the biography of your life, would you want it to have a sex scene?"
Jane, please, please never let them bowdlerize you.
It doesn't matter whether we bowdlerize the lyrics, the musical style has nothing familiar to them other than a major scale and it will not strike them as comfortable or familiar unless they are lapsed Luterans.
I bowdlerize the comment, which concluded with a request that I spare him further examples of local superstition, a subject with which he was only too well acquainted.
He Anglicized the name -- Yelyena into Ellaynah -- just as it had been his idea to reduce "Alleluia" to Allie and bowdlerize himself, Cohen from Warsaw, into Cone.
She should not be allowed to disguise and bowdlerize it to suit the unwelcome tastes she had acquired at school.
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