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expurgate

[ ek-sper-geyt ]
/ ˈɛk spərˌgeɪt /
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verb (used with object), ex·pur·gat·ed, ex·pur·gat·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

1615–25; <Latin expurgātus, past participle of expurgāre to clean out. See ex-1, purge, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM expurgate

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

expurgate
/ (ˈɛkspəˌɡeɪt) /

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

Derived forms of expurgate

expurgation, nounexpurgator, nounexpurgatory (ɛksˈpɜːɡətərɪ, -trɪ) or expurgatorial (ɛkˌspɜːɡəˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for expurgate

C17: from Latin expurgāre to clean out, from purgāre to purify; see purge
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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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