Definition of expurgate in English:

expurgate

Line breaks: ex|pur|gate
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkspəːgeɪt
 
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verb

[with object] (usually as adjective expurgated)
Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a text or account): an expurgated English translation
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  • 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
censor, bowdlerize, blue-pencil, redact, cut, edit; clean up, purge, purify, sanitize, make acceptable, make palatable, make presentable, water down, emasculate

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

Pronunciation: /-ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More 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

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

expurgatory

Pronunciation: /ɛkˈspəːgət(ə)ri/
adjective

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