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American English: /ˈboʊdləˌraɪz/
, /ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz/
British English: /ˈbaʊdlərʌɪz/

Translation of bowdlerize in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • [pejorative]
    Example sentences
    • Other books were bowdlerized, including Boccaccio's Decameron and Castiglione's The Courtier.
    • In 1979, he discovered that ‘some cubby-hole editors’ had bowdlerized his book in 98 places.
    • Mistress Quickly's lines were severely bowdlerized in the 19th century.

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