- 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 unexpurgated
He intended to give an unexpurgated classification, but was rudely interrupted.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
"It is always the unexpurgated that happens," Basil replied sardonically.Under the Witches' Moon
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.The Recollections of Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis De Tocqueville
I was rather hot under the collar, and gave an unexpurgated account of what had happened.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium
- (of a book, text, etc) not amended or censored by removing potentially offensive material
- (tr) to amend (a book, text, etc) by removing (obscene or offensive sections)
Word Origin and History for unexpurgated
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.