- to strike or blot out; erase; obliterate.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for expunge
King: We must expunge from our society the myths and half-truths that engender such groundless fears as these.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
He would do well to expunge every double-breasted suit from his wardrobe.Herman Cain's Power Suit
November 4, 2011
If the purge was intended simply to expunge the opposition, then Papen should have been the first to go.A Witness to Hitler's Rise
May 27, 2011
When it reached there a motion prevailed to expunge all the records relating to it.
He re-read his father's letter that he might expunge the reference to the scant living.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
You'll have to expunge 'guess' and 'reckon' from your vocabulary.The Leader of the Lower School
Would he not rather, to make the book consistent, expunge it?Watson Refuted
He recoiled from the disturbance of the Missouri compromise: they expunge it.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
- to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate
- to wipe out or destroy
C17: from Latin expungere to blot out, from pungere to prick
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Word Origin and History for expunge
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