Expurgation - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

Expurgation, also known as Bowdlerization and Fig-leafing is a form of Deletionism censorship where anything that is deemed to be offensive is removed from a document or artistic work.

This practice has been used for countless years to edit and censor potentially offensive or explicit material from books, manuscripts and music. A piece of work may be edited by the author to allow it to pass publication, or it may be forcibly edited by government organizations to pass certain criteria. Examples of historical Expurgation include edits of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn to remove racist terms, and edits of many Shakespeare works to make the content more appropriate for women and children.