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[ik-spuhnj]
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verb (used with object), ex·punged, ex·pung·ing.
  1. to strike or blot out; erase; obliterate.
  2. to efface; wipe out or destroy.

Origin of expunge

1595–1605; < Latin expungere to blot out, erase, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pungere to prick
Related formsex·pung·er, nounun·ex·punged, adjective
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expunge

verb (tr)
  1. to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate
  2. to wipe out or destroy
Derived Formsexpunction (ɪkˈspʌŋkʃən), nounexpunger, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin expungere to blot out, from pungere to prick
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Word Origin and History for expunge

v.

c.1600, from Latin expungere "prick out, blot out, mark (a name on a list) for deletion" by pricking dots above or below it, literally "prick out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pungere "to prick, stab" (see pungent). Related: Expunged; expunging.

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