1. [syn: bowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bowdlerize \Bowd"ler*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowdlerized; p.
pr. & vb. n. Bowdlerizing.] [After Dr. Thomas Bowdler, an
English physician, who published an expurgated edition of
Shakespeare in 1818.]
To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts
considered offensive; to remove morally objectionable parts;
-- said of literary texts.
Syn: bowdlerise, expurgate, shorten, cut.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
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. --F. Harrison.
[1913 Webster] -- Bowd`ler*i*za"tion, n. --
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate;
"bowdlerize a novel" [syn: bowdlerize, bowdlerise,
expurgate, castrate, shorten]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
50 Moby Thesaurus words for "bowdlerize":
abbreviate, abridge, bleach, blot out, blue-pencil, cancel, censor,
clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse, clear out, cross out, cut,
delete, delouse, depurate, deterge, dry-clean, dust, dust off,
edit, edit out, erase, expunge, expurgate, freshen, kill, lustrate,
omit, purge, purify, reform, rescind, rub out, scavenge, spruce,
steam-clean, strike, strike off, strike out, sweep out, sweeten,
tidy, void, whiten, wipe, wipe off, wipe out, wipe up