verb[with object] (often as adjective expurgated)
- Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account): the expurgated Arabian NightsMore 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.
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- 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.
early 17th century (in the sense 'purge of excrement'): from Latin expurgat- 'thoroughly cleansed', from the verb expurgare, from ex- 'out' + purgare 'cleanse'.