[ ik-spuhnj ]
/ ɪkˈspʌndʒ /

verb (used with object), ex·punged, ex·pung·ing.

to strike or blot out; erase; obliterate.
to efface; wipe out or destroy.

Nearby words

  1. expulse,
  2. expulsion,
  3. expulsive,
  4. expulsive pain,
  5. expunction,
  6. expurgate,
  7. expurgation,
  8. expurgatorial,
  9. expurgatory,
  10. expwy

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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/ (ɪkˈspʌndʒ) /

verb (tr)

to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate
to wipe out or destroy
Derived Formsexpunction (ɪkˈspʌŋkʃən), nounexpunger, noun

Word Origin for expunge

C17: from Latin expungere to blot out, from pungere to prick

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Word Origin and History for expunge



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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