ex·​pur·​ga·​to·​ry ek-ˈspər-gə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce expurgatory (audio)
: serving to purify from something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous

Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of expurgatory was in 1625

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“Expurgatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expurgatory. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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