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  • "My God," he announced, "I've been pirated, me and Wharfinger, we've been Bowdlerized in reverse or something.'
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • It w-w-was interesting because someone had obviously b-b-bowdlerized it and left in all the bad parts.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But despite bowdlerizing content, my family has been entirely faithful about visiting.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • They'd acted together, in the last of Adelia's garden theatricals — he'd been Ferdinand, she Miranda, in a bowdlerized version of The Tempest in which both sex and Caliban had been minimized.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • Consequently nothing can really shake the confidence of the public in the Lord Chamberlain's department except a remorseless and unbowdlerized narration of the licentious fictions which slip through its net, and are hallmarked by it with the approval of the Throne.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession
(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unbowdlerized means not and reverses the meaning of bowdlerized. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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