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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bowdlerize.


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  • Of course, many people are aware of Shakespeare's crudity (certainly Thomas Bowdler was, when he presented his expurgated version of Shakespeare's plays in the 19th century-hence the word bowdlerized).

    The Dirt On Shakespeare

  • Those weren't the first times I "bowdlerized" -- some might say, butchered -- a classic text the term comes from the knuckleheaded 19th century Shakespearian censor Thomas Bowdler.

    Trey Ellis: Censoring Huck Ain't So Simple

  • Tristero doesn't appear to know what libertarianism is, having confused it with some kind of bowdlerized anarchism.

    Who Is IOZ?

  • "bowdlerized," but they still remained as excruciatingly funny as only French pieces can be.

    The Days Before Yesterday

  • Did its reception shatter his confidence, leaving him unable to finish the other novels he worked on intermittently over his last years: "Islands in the Stream" and "The Garden of Eden" both published posthumously in heavily edited, and perhaps bowdlerized, editions?

    The Slow Crack-Up

  • Thinking to sink HMS Telegraph, the House of Commons this morning fired off an Exocet missile in the form of publishing its own thoroughly bowdlerized version of their expenses.

    Archive 2009-06-14

  • The Nutcracker — but not any of the chopped-down, bowdlerized, amputated versions pretending to be the real story.

    In the dead of winter «

  • The censorship requirements of 1973 network television further bowdlerized the material.

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • Expurgated and bowdlerized versions of which were published by Bulwark as The Almanarcana in seven different editions between 1935 and 1984.

    The Codex Continual. Official Website of Steven E. Schend

  • In many of his writings-as in his constantly shared office spaces-George invited collaborations, making his publications decidedly multi-cultural before that term was popularized and bowdlerized in and outside the academy.

    Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco : The Fox


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