expurgatory

adjective
ex·​pur·​ga·​to·​ry | \ ek-ˈspər-gə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce expurgatory (audio) \

Definition of expurgatory

: serving to purify from something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous

First Known Use of expurgatory

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Expurgatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expurgatory. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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