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expunction

[ik-spuhngk-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of expunging; erasure.

Origin of expunction

1600–10; < Late Latin expūnctiōn- (stem of expūnctiō) a blotting out, equivalent to Latin expūnct(us) blotted out (past participle of expungere to expunge) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for expunction

Historical Examples

  • The scribe at first wrote wyerldes, but the l is marked for expunction.

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 2 (of 7)

    Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Capell suggests that the lines he retains 'were second thoughts of the poet, and their original was meant for expunction.'