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expurgate

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verb ex·pur·gate \ˈek-spər-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of expurgate

  • : to change (a written work) by removing parts that might offend people

Full Definition of expurgate

ex·pur·gat·edex·pur·gat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous; especially :  to expunge objectionable parts from before publication or presentation <an expurgated edition of the letters>

ex·pur·ga·tion play \ˌek-spər-ˈgā-shən\ noun
ex·pur·ga·tor play \ˈek-spər-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of expurgate

  1. They felt it was necessary to expurgate his letters before publishing them.

  2. <the newspaper had to expurgate the expletive-laden speech that the criminal made upon being sentenced to life imprisonment>



Origin of expurgate

Latin expurgatus, past participle of expurgare, from ex- + purgare to purge


First Known Use: 1678

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