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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 unexpurgated
Historical Examples
  • He intended to give an unexpurgated classification, but was rudely interrupted.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • "It is always the unexpurgated that happens," Basil replied sardonically.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • What a heap of money one would give to possess his private, unexpurgated journal!

  • This is the only unabridged and unexpurgated edition of "Il Pentamerone" in the English language.

  • I was rather hot under the collar, and gave an unexpurgated account of what had happened.

  • I read the Bible, unexpurgated edition, when I was a kid, and it sort of cured me of book readin'.

    The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler
  • It's a daring man, in this unexpurgated day and generation, who offers to read aloud to a lady.

    Little Eve Edgarton Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Stewart could not help smiling, for, in that Babel of tongues, he distinguished a lot of unexpurgated American!

    The Girl from Alsace

    Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • The women in plain and simple language expressed their unexpurgated opinion of Big Boss, and demanded that he be brought to them.

    The Next of Kin Nellie L. McClung
  • To one who is sensitive to tales of blood, unexpurgated Japanese history must be a dreadful thing.

British Dictionary definitions for unexpurgated


(of a book, text, etc) not amended or censored by removing potentially offensive material


(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 unexpurgated

1882, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unexpurgated 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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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