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Wordnet 3.0

VERB (1)

1. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate;
- Example: "bowdlerize a novel"
[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. -- Bowd"ler*ism, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bowdlerize 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