refers to purging anything considered disturbing, vulgar, or adult in content in order to make it sanitized for mass market consumption and appropriate for children; originally a literary term derived from the name of Englishman Thomas Bowdler who published a 'censored' Family Shakespeare version in the early 1800s.
  Examples: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1956) removed the stage play's references to homosexuality; Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) was a 'bowdlerized,' prudish and sterilized version of the original Grimm fairy tale, with darker and more adult content

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