expurgation :

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  • n  the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work

  • Of these, 246 were against any expurgation; 35 hedged; 24 favored expurgation.
  • As the passion for expurgation galloped, even the synonyms for bowdlerizing got bowdlerized.
  • Certainly the Family Shakespeare (first edition 1807, second edition 1818) became the most popular expurgation in literary history.

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