American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove material that is considered offensive or objectionable from (a book, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To expurgate in editing by expunging words or passages considered offensive or indelicate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts considered offensive; to remove morally objectionable parts; -- said of literary texts.
- v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
- From Thomas Bowdler, who in 1818 published a censored version of Shakespeare, expurgating "those words and expressions... which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family." (Wiktionary)
- After Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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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