Meaning of expurgate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛkspəːɡeɪt/

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[with object]
  • Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a text or account)

    ‘editors heavily expurgated the novel before its initial publication’
    • ‘It had been on the books since 1897, when expurgated editions of the classics, especially for consumption in classrooms, were common.’
    • ‘She found that most of them had been expurgated to remove anything that was remotely controversial, in some cases making the author's intention unrecognizable.’
    • ‘Thomas Jefferson expurgated his own version by cut and paste method.’
    • ‘All reference to them has been expurgated from his works… and from all other contemporary accounts.’
    • ‘Soldiers' missives haven't been routinely expurgated since World War II and the days of ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships.’’
    • ‘As we drew closer to World War Two here, he actually withdrew the book - I mean it was expurgated.’
    • ‘Her curiosity piqued, she gathered 10 exams from the past three years and discovered that most of the literary passages had been expurgated.’
    • ‘It was first published in drastically expurgated form in 1905.’
    • ‘The mass media give little background, and what they do is carefully expurgated.’
    • ‘In fact they expurgated any reference to animal sacrifices from their liturgy.’
    • ‘If anything, the translation has managed to expurgate many of the careless clauses.’
    • ‘Your Honour could make a direction that the transcript be edited or expurgated to that extent.’
    • ‘Collated, expurgated and presented in hardback form so many years after his death the journals show a childish, drug-addled man who often verged on a limited kind of brilliance through his songs.’
    • ‘Readers get an inspiring - and expurgated - story.’
    • ‘The one major error I have detected in Perkins' biography is the confident assertion that she would not have tried to expurgate every unflattering reference.’
    • ‘Merely expurgating bigoted speech did not and could not address the underlying problem.’
    • ‘Muir retrieved his letters to Carr and had some sections expurgated from them, which he hoped to reserve from the future's prying eyes.’
    • ‘I resolved to give him an expurgated account of where I'd been when I got home.’
    • ‘Previously Mahler's letters to his wife Alma have been available only in her ruthlessly expurgated version.’
    censor, bowdlerize, blue-pencil, redact, cut, edit
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘purge of excrement’): from Latin expurgat- ‘thoroughly cleansed’, from the verb expurgare, from ex- ‘out’ + purgare ‘cleanse’.