transitive verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Latin expurgatus, past participle of expurgare, from ex- + purgare to purge Date: 1678 to cleanse of something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous; especially to expunge objectionable parts from before publication or presentation <
an expurgated edition of the letters
expurgation nounexpurgator noun

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  • Expurgate — Ex pur*gate ([e^]ks p[u^]r*g[=a]t or [e^]ks*p[^u]r g[=a]t; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expurgated} ([e^]ks p[u^]r*g[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Expurgating} ([e^]ks p[u^]r*g[=a] t[i^]ng).] [L. expurgatus, p. p. of expurgare to purge, purify; ex… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expurgate — I verb abridge, amend by removing, blue pencil, bowdlerize, cancel, censor, clean up, cleanse, conceal, cross out, cut, cut out, delete, depurate, efface, eliminate, enforce censorship, erase, expunge, expurgare, free from objectionable content,… …   Law dictionary

  • expurgate — 1620s, back formation from expurgation or from L. expurgatus, pp. of expurgare to cleanse out, purge, purify (see EXPURGATION (Cf. expurgation)). Related: Expurgated; expurgating. The earlier verb was simply expurge (late 15c.), from M.Fr.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • expurgate — [v] censor, cut bleep*, bleep out*, blip*, blue pencil*, bowdlerize, cleanse, clean up, decontaminate, lustrate, purge, purify, sanitize, screen, scrub*, squash, sterilize; concepts 165,232 Ant. allow, permit …   New thesaurus

  • expurgate — ► VERB ▪ remove matter regarded as obscene or unsuitable from (a text or account). DERIVATIVES expurgation noun expurgator noun expurgatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin expurgare cleanse thoroughly …   English terms dictionary

  • expurgate — [eks′pər gāt΄] vt. expurgated, expurgating [< L expurgatus, pp. of expurgare, to purge, cleanse < ex , out + purgare, PURGE] 1. to remove passages considered obscene or otherwise objectionable from (a book, etc.) 2. to expunge… …   English World dictionary

  • expurgate — v. (D; tr.) to expurgate from * * * [ ekspəgeɪt] (D; tr.) to expurgate from …   Combinatory dictionary

  • expurgate — verb /ˈɛks.pɚ.ɡeɪt/ To edit out rude, incorrect, offensive, useless, or otherwise undesirable information from a book, CD or other publication; to cleanse; to purge …   Wiktionary

  • expurgate — /ˈɛkspɜgeɪt / (say ekspergayt), / pəgeɪt/ (say puhgayt) verb (t) (expurgated, expurgating) 1. to amend by removing offensive or objectionable matter: to expurgate a book. 2. to purge or cleanse. {Latin expurgātus, past participle, purged}… …   Australian English dictionary

  • expurgate — expurgation, n. expurgator, n. /ek speuhr gayt /, v.t., expurgated, expurgating. 1. to amend by removing words, passages, etc., deemed offensive or objectionable: Most children read an expurgated version of Grimms fairy tales. 2. to purge or… …   Universalium

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