- bowdlerize:  In 1818 Dr Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), an English editor, published his Family Shakespeare, an expurgated edition of the plays ‘in which those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family’. This and other similarly censored versions of the English classics led to Bowdler’s name being cast as the epitome of Whitehousian suppression. The first recorded use of the verb was in a letter by General P Thompson in 1836.
- bowdlerize (v.)
- 1836, from Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), English editor who in 1818 published a notorious expurgated Shakespeare, in which, according to his frontispiece, "nothing is added to the original text; but those words and expressions omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family." Related: Bowdlerized; bowdlerizing.
- 1. There is no need to bowdlerize your speech when dealing with anyone from a legal standpoint.
- 2. If you bowdlerize Story of the Wing , it wouldn't be as interesting a book.
- 如果删除《西厢记》里的不雅文字, 读起来就没那麽有趣了.
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