bowdlerise
bowdlerise owdlerise v. same as {bowdlerize}.

Syn: bowdlerize, expurgate, shorten, cut. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • bowdlerises — bowdlerise (Brit.) v. bowdlerize, censor literature, modify a written work by abridging in content, change a written work by distorting in style or content (named after Thomas Bowdler who published a censored version of Shakespeare s works) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bowdlerising — bowdlerise (Brit.) v. bowdlerize, censor literature, modify a written work by abridging in content, change a written work by distorting in style or content (named after Thomas Bowdler who published a censored version of Shakespeare s works) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bowdlerisation — noun 1. written material that has been bowdlerized • Syn: ↑bowdlerization • Derivationally related forms: ↑bowdlerise, ↑bowdlerize (for: ↑bowdlerization) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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