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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To remove all the parts of a book, play etc that you think might offend someone - used to show disapproval.

Usage examples (29)
  • Stephen and Katherine...decided to bowdlerize all of the library’s copies of formerly banned books
  • bowdlerize a novel
  • His actions did spawn the term "bowdlerize," which means to gut a work of literature.
  • The above excerpt, “Hamlet,” illustrates how such lingual poverty might bowdlerize the legacy of poetry. for more
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