expurgate

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verb ex·pur·gate \ˈek-spər-ˌgāt\

Definition of expurgate

expurgated

expurgating

  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>

expurgation

play \ˌek-spər-ˈgā-shən\ noun

expurgator

play \ˈek-spər-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of expurgate in a sentence

  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>

Did You Know?

Expurgation has a long and questionable history. Perhaps history's most famous expurgator, or censor, was the English editor Thomas Bowdler, who in 1818 published the Family Shakespeare, an expurgated edition of Shakespeare's plays that omitted or changed any passages that, in Bowdler's opinion, couldn't decently be read aloud in a family. As a result, the term bowdlerize is now a synonym of expurgate.

Origin and Etymology of expurgate

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


First Known Use: 1678


EXPURGATE Defined for English Language Learners

expurgate

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verb ex·pur·gate \ˈek-spər-ˌgāt\

Definition of expurgate for English Language Learners

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



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