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verb (used with object), ex·pur·gat·ed, ex·pur·gat·ing.
  1. to amend by removing words, passages, etc., deemed offensive or objectionable: Most children read an expurgated version of Grimms' fairy tales.
  2. 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
Related formsex·pur·ga·tion, nounex·pur·ga·tor, nounun·ex·pur·gat·ed, adjective

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Related Words for unexpurgated

all, entire, exhaustive, faultless, full, full-dress, gross, intact, integral, integrated, organic, outright, plenary, replete, thorough, thoroughgoing, unabbreviated, unabridged, unbroken, uncensored

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Historical Examples of unexpurgated

  • He intended to give an unexpurgated classification, but was rudely interrupted.


    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "It is always the unexpurgated that happens," Basil replied sardonically.

    Under the Witches' Moon

    Nathan Gallizier

  • What a heap of money one would give to possess his private, unexpurgated journal!

  • This is the only unabridged and unexpurgated edition of "Il Pentamerone" in the English language.

  • I was rather hot under the collar, and gave an unexpurgated account of what had happened.

British Dictionary definitions for unexpurgated


  1. (of a book, text, etc) not amended or censored by removing potentially offensive material
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  1. (tr) to amend (a book, text, etc) by removing (obscene or offensive sections)
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Derived Formsexpurgation, 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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Word Origin and History for unexpurgated


1882, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of expurgate.

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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.

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unexpurgated in Culture



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

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