expunge

verb
ex·​punge | \ ik-ˈspənj How to pronounce expunge (audio) \
expunged; expunging

Definition of expunge

transitive verb

1 : to strike out, obliterate, or mark for deletion
2 : to efface completely : destroy
3 : to eliminate from one's consciousness expunge a memory

Other Words from expunge

expunger noun

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In medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, a series of dots was used to mark mistakes or to label material that should be deleted from a text, and those deletion dots can help you remember the history of expunge. They were known as puncta delentia. The puncta part of the name derives from the Latin verb pungere, which can be translated as "to prick or sting" (and you can imagine that a scribe may have felt stung when their mistakes were so punctuated in a manuscript). Pungere is also an ancestor of expunge, as well as a parent of other dotted, pointed, or stinging terms such as punctuate, compunction, poignant, puncture, and pungent.

Examples of expunge in a Sentence

time and the weather have expunged any evidence that a thriving community once existed here
Recent Examples on the Web With great fanfare, Bibb announced April 6 that his administration was filing motions to expunge 4,077 minor-misdemeanor convictions and charges filed in Cleveland Municipal Court since 2017. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 9 May 2022 Despite the company’s attempts to rein in the ugliest inciting political rhetoric, there was never going to be a way to expunge it. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The measure would require federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions and conduct resentencing hearings for those completing their sentences. Kevin Freking, Chron, 1 Apr. 2022 Mark Griffin were all at the municipal court on Wednesday to file motions to expunge more than 4,000 convictions involving misdemeanor marijuana cases. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 Apart from buying votes, the extensions are meant to buy time to prepare the legal work to expunge student loans. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Kiloh sees few bright spots in the law that established California’s legal market, beyond a testing program that safeguards quality and programs to expunge old criminal records for marijuana. Michael R. Blood, chicagotribune.com, 16 Jan. 2022 Kiloh sees few bright spots in the law that established California’s legal market, beyond a testing program that safeguards quality and programs to expunge old criminal records for marijuana. Michael R. Blood, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2022 Gregory meanwhile, describes her company’s partnership with the Last Prisoner Project which works to expunge the prison records of men of color discriminated against for minor cannabis offenses. Joan Oleck, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of expunge

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expunge

Latin expungere to mark for deletion by dots, from ex- + pungere to prick — more at pungent

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14 May 2022

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“Expunge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expunge. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for expunge

expunge

transitive verb
ex·​punge | \ ik-ˈspənj How to pronounce expunge (audio) \
expunged; expunging

Legal Definition of expunge

: to cancel out or destroy completely expunge the court records of an acquitted defendant

Other Words from expunge

expungement noun

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