- 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
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Examples from the Web for expurgate
There is not the slightest reason to regret this thing or to expurgate it.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
If they were not there, les intellectuels of Athens could not expurgate them.
It is admitted that the poets did not in the same way "expurgate" the "Cyclic" epics.
Dickens, as we have also stated, consented to expurgate that novel.The Victorian Age in Literature
G. K. Chesterton
His principal object was to expurgate it from impurities and to supersede it by what he considered a more edifying text.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
- (tr) to amend (a book, text, etc) by removing (obscene or offensive sections)
Word Origin and History for 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.
To clean up, remove impurities. An expurgated edition of a book has had offensive words or descriptions changed or removed.