Definition of bowdlerization in English:


(British bowdlerisation)


  • See bowdlerize

    • ‘‘The music is a bowdlerisation of Handel's coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest,’ she says, which we presume is a bad thing.’
    • ‘As the example shows, bowdlerization is not only dishonest, it leads to dumbing down of language and ideas.’
    • ‘The only justification which can be advanced for such bowdlerisation is undeniable necessity, and this leads on to the third and last aspect of Harker's critique.’
    • ‘But the Hollywood treatment reflected the bowdlerization of the era.’
    • ‘But none of this comes close to making up for what is a standard made-for-television biography eviscerated by massive, inexcusable bowdlerization.’