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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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Examples from the Web for expurgation
Historical Examples
  • That which seems to me much the most probable is the theory of expurgation.

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • In the meeting which followed the expurgation of the resolutions, the organizers of the movement lost control.

  • Much of this theory of expurgation of the Iliad and Odyssey seems to me to rest on the assumption of .

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • "The spirit that hated cruelty" has left the facts where it found them; there is no expurgation of them.

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • It does not appear to me that this theory of expurgation, all important as it is, can be easily understood.

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • A great number of States have expressly instructed their senators to vote for this expurgation.

  • Hence the expurgation of masterpieces that an artist might appear as commonplace a bourgeois as his commentator.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • When books were delivered to the tribunals for expurgation, the habitual delays must have been exasperating.

  • In the very act of expurgation it lives; for what is taken from one page is placed on another.

  • I do not assume to say that the question of this expurgation was a leading, or a controlling point in the issue of this election.

British Dictionary definitions for expurgation


(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 expurgation

early 15c., "a cleansing from impurity," from Latin expurgationem (nominative expurgatio), noun of action from past participle stem of expurgare "to cleanse out, purge, purify," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + purgare "to purge" (see purge). Sense of "remove objectionable passages from a literary work" first recorded in English 1610s.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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expurgation 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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