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expurgate

[ ek-sper-geyt ]
/ 藞蓻k sp蓹r藢ge瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路pur路gat路ed, ex路pur路gat路ing.
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.
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Origin of expurgate

1615鈥25; <Latin expurg膩tus, past participle of expurg膩re to clean out. See ex-1, purge, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM expurgate

ex路pur路ga路tion, nounex路pur路ga路tor, nounun路ex路pur路gat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for expurgate

expurgate
/ (藞蓻ksp蓹藢伞e瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to amend (a book, text, etc) by removing (obscene or offensive sections)

Derived forms of expurgate

expurgation, nounexpurgator, nounexpurgatory (蓻ks藞p蓽藧伞蓹t蓹r瑟, -tr瑟) or expurgatorial (蓻k藢sp蓽藧伞蓹藞t蓴藧r瑟蓹l), adjective

Word Origin for expurgate

C17: from Latin expurg膩re to clean out, from purg膩re to purify; see purge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for expurgate

expurgate
[ (ek-spuhr-gayt) ]

To clean up, remove impurities. An expurgated edition of a book has had offensive words or descriptions changed or removed.

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