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bowd·ler·ize

bowdlerize

 
pronunciation:
bod l raIz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bowdlerizes, bowdlerizing, bowdlerized
definition: to omit or modify parts of (a book, play, or the like) that are considered immoral or indecent.
The somewhat erotic play was bowdlerized when it was presented on television in the sixties.
similar words:
censor, expurgate
derivations: bowdlerism (n.), bowdlerization (n.)