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

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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 his 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 Of these requests, 84% were expunged and removed from the BrokerCheck site. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Wall Street’s watchdog is obscuring data that could protect investors," 3 Mar. 2020 Matthey Zolin, 51, made a brief appearance before a judge at a Stamford courthouse where his attorney applied to a diversionary program for first-time offenders that will result in his charges being expunged, the Greenwich Time reported Wednesday. USA TODAY, "Pachyderm vacation rental, Cookie Monster overdoses, stolen baby Jesus statue found: News from around our 50 states," 28 Feb. 2020 The plan will also expunge the criminal records of marijuana offenders and implement clemency reform by creating an independent clemency board outside the Justice Department and instead in the White House. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democratic candidates said to be "blindsided" by Trump's trip to HBCU," 24 Oct. 2019 Her twitter account was expunged after the 2016 election. Catherine Texier, Longreads, "I’m 72. So What?," 24 Oct. 2019 Convictions were sometimes expunged if offenders completed probationary programs or the charges were reduced below the level required by states for registration. Claudia Lauer And Meghan Hoyer, chicagotribune.com, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests live under the radar and commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 Convictions were sometimes expunged if offenders completed probationary programs or the charges were reduced below the level required by states for registration. Anchorage Daily News, "Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes," 5 Oct. 2019 Convictions were sometimes expunged if offenders completed probationary programs or the charges were reduced below the level required by states for registration. NBC News, "Almost 1,700 priests and clergy accused of sex abuse are unsupervised," 4 Oct. 2019 From there, her record was expunged and police returned her $500. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking True Story of Marie Adler From Netflix's 'Unbelievable'," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of expunge was in 1602

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Expunge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expunge. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for expunge

expunge

verb
How to pronounce expunge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of expunge

formal : to remove (something) completely
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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