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[ek-sper-geyt] /ˈɛk spərˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), expurgated, expurgating.
to amend by removing words, passages, etc., deemed offensive or objectionable:
Most children read an expurgated version of Grimms' fairy tales.
to purge or cleanse of moral offensiveness.
Origin of expurgate
1615-25; < Latin expurgātus, past participle of expurgāre to clean out. See ex-1, purge, -ate1
Related forms
expurgation, noun
expurgator, noun
unexpurgated, adjective
1. delete, excise, censor, purge, bowdlerize. Unabridged
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(transitive) to amend (a book, text, etc) by removing (obscene or offensive sections)
Derived Forms
expurgation, noun
expurgator, noun
expurgatory (ɛksˈpɜːɡətərɪ; -trɪ), expurgatorial (ɛkˌspɜːɡəˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin expurgāre to clean out, from purgāre to purify; see purge
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Word Origin and History for expurgate

1620s, back-formation from expurgation or from Latin expurgatus, past participle of expurgare "to cleanse out, purge, purify" (see expurgation). Related: Expurgated; expurgating. The earlier verb was simply expurge (late 15c.), from Middle French expurger.

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expurgate in Culture
expurgate [(ek-spuhr-gayt)]

To clean up, remove impurities. An expurgated edition of a book has had offensive words or descriptions changed or removed.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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