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bowdlerism


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bowdlerize  \Bowd"ler*ize\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bowdlerized};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Bowdlerizing}.]  [After  Dr  Thomas  Bowdler,  an 
  English  physician,  who  published  an  expurgated  edition  of 
  Shakespeare  in  1818.] 
  To  expurgate,  as  a  book,  by  omitting  or  modifying  the  parts 
  considered  offensive. 
 
  It  is  a  grave  defect  in  the  splendid  tale  of  Tom  Jones 
  .  .  .  that  a  Bowlderized  version  of  it  would  be  hardly 
  intelligible  as  a  tale.  --F.  Harrison. 
  --  {Bowd`ler*i*za"tion},  n.  --  {Bowd"ler*ism},  n. 




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