Expunge Ex*punge" ([e^]ks*p[u^]nj"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expunged} ([e^]ks*p[u^]njd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Expunging} ([e^]ks*p[u^]n"j[i^]ng).] [L. expungere, expunctum, prick out, expunge, settle an account, execute; ex out + pungere to prick, puncture. See {Pungent.}] 1. To blot out, as with pen; to rub out; to efface designedly; to obliterate; to strike out wholly; as, to expunge words, lines, or sentences. [1913 Webster]

2. To strike out; to wipe out or destroy; to annihilate; as, to expunge an offense. --Sandys. [1913 Webster]

Expunge the whole, or lop th' excrescent parts. --Pope.

Syn: To efface; erase; obliterate; strike out; destroy; annihilate; cancel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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