[ ik-spuhnj ]
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verb (used with object),ex·punged, ex·pung·ing.
  1. to strike or blot out; erase; obliterate.

  2. 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

Other words from expunge

  • ex·pung·er, noun
  • un·ex·punged, adjective

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How to use expunge in a sentence

  • There is no such thing as expunging what has been, or of erasing what is to be.

    The Business of Life | Robert W. Chambers
  • She had begged earnestly for the expunging of the "pious family."

    Red as a Rose is She | Rhoda Broughton

British Dictionary definitions for expunge


/ (ɪkˈspʌndʒ) /

  1. to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate

  2. to wipe out or destroy

Origin of expunge

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

Derived forms of expunge

  • expunction (ɪkˈspʌŋkʃən), noun
  • expunger, noun

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