Bowdlerise

(To ). To expurgate a book in editing it. Thomas Bowdler, in 1818, gave to the world an expurgated edition of Shakespeare's works. We have also Bowdlerite, Bowdlerist, Bowdleriser, Bowdlerism, Bowdlerisation, etc. (See Grangerise.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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