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expurgate

Syllabification: ex·pur·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈekspərˌɡāt
 
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Definition of expurgate in English:

verb

[with object] (often as adjective expurgated)
Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account): the expurgated Arabian Nights
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
clean up, sanitize, make acceptable, make palatable, water down, tame

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'purge of excrement'): from Latin expurgat- 'thoroughly cleansed', from the verb expurgare, from ex- 'out' + purgare 'cleanse'.

Derivatives

expurgation

1
Pronunciation: /ˌekspərˈɡāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • To a large degree such a separation from reality through filtered information occurred when I was a child by the censorship and expurgation of nastiness from school reading books.
  • The epic has been the object of adaptation, interpolation, reinterpretation and expurgation by a number of retellers, each seeking to reflect what he saw as relevant to his time.
  • She has a rather disheartening editorial about the expurgation from educational textbooks anything that could possibly give offense to people.

expurgator

2
noun
Example sentences
  • We don't need sanctimonious expurgators to decide which one is best for us.

expurgatory

3
Pronunciation: /ikˈspərɡəˌtôrē/
adjective

Words that rhyme with expurgate

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