expurgatory
adjective Date: 1625 serving to purify from something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous

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  • Expurgatory — Ex*pur ga*to*ry, a. [Cf. F. expurgatoire.] Serving to purify from anything noxious or erroneous; cleansing; purifying. Expurgatory animadversions. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] {Expurgatory Index}. See {Index Expurgatorius}, under {Index}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expurgatory — 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

  • expurgatory — /ik sperr geuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. serving to expurgate. 2. of or pertaining to expurgation. [1615 25; EXPURGATE + ORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • expurgatory — adjective serving to expurgate …   Wiktionary

  • expurgatory — ex·pur·ga·to·ry …   English syllables

  • expurgatory — /ɛkˈspɜgətri/ (say ek sperguhtree), / təri/ (say tuhree) adjective serving to expurgate; of or relating to expurgation …   Australian English dictionary

  • expurgatory —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷gəˌtōrē adjective Etymology: New Latin expurgatorius, from Latin expurgatus + orius ory : serving to purify from something morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous : cleansing, purifying …   Useful english dictionary

  • Expurgatory Index — Expurgatory Ex*pur ga*to*ry, a. [Cf. F. expurgatoire.] Serving to purify from anything noxious or erroneous; cleansing; purifying. Expurgatory animadversions. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] {Expurgatory Index}. See {Index Expurgatorius}, under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Expurgatory Index — Expurgatory Index, the Index Expurgatorius …   Useful english dictionary

  • characteristic — Index In dex, n.; pl. E. {Indexes}, L. {Indices}(?). [L.: cf. F. index. See {Indicate}, {Diction}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses; as, the increasing unemployment rate is an index of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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