verb (used with object), ex·pur·gat·ed, ex·pur·gat·ing.
Origin of expurgate
Examples from the Web for expurgate
Dickens, as we have also stated, consented to expurgate that novel.The Victorian Age in Literature|G. K. Chesterton
Homer himself found such deeds in the tradition; and though he regards them with horror, he cannot expurgate them.
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
If they were not there, les intellectuels of Athens could not expurgate them.
His speech was two or three words longer, but they are inappropriate at the end of a chapter, and I expurgate.The Cavalier|George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for expurgate
Word Origin for expurgate
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.
Culture definitions for expurgate
To clean up, remove impurities. An expurgated edition of a book has had offensive words or descriptions changed or removed.