bowdlerize definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To remove product this is certainly considered unpleasant or objectionable from (a novel, like).
    • To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the components considered offensive; to get rid of morally objectionable components; -- stated of literary texts.
  • verb:
    • To remove or modify those parts of a text considered offensive, vulgar, or else unseemly.
    • edit by omitting or altering parts considered indelicate
  • others:
    • To expurgate in modifying by expunging terms or passages considered unpleasant or indelicate.

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