HyperDic: bowdlerize

English > 1 sense of the word bowdlerize:
VERBchangebowdlerize, bowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shortenedit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
English > bowdlerize: 1 sense > verb 1, change
Meaningedit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThey won't bowdlerize the story
Example"bowdlerize a novel"
Synonymsbowdlerise, expurgate, castrate, shorten
Broaderabridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduceReduce in scope while retaining essential elements
Nounsbowdlerizationthe act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent
bowdlerizationwritten material that has been bowdlerized
bowdlerizera person who edits a text / text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages

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