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bowdlerize

bowd·ler·ize

bowdlerize

pronunciation:
bod l raIz
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bowdlerized, bowdlerizes, bowdlerizing
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.)