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  • v  edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
    bowdlerize a novel

  • Censorship is so repugnant to most moviemakers they would rather have Mondo Freudo shown in a kindergarten than let a censor bowdlerize Ulysses.
  • Ives managed to talk 20th Century-Fox out of tampering with The Blue-Tail Fly, though he did have to bowdlerize his other favorite, Foggy, Foggy Dew, an old Irish ballad.
  • Nor do they wish to bowdlerize the bawdier passages reproduced in the script.

  • Robert Spencer in Evening Bulletin
    Mr. Spencer writes, "The report found that the books present highly tendentious constructions as undisputed truth, making common cause with West-hating multi-culturists to bowdlerize the presentation of Islam, denigrate or downplay Christianity and...

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