from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To edit out rude, incorrect, offensive, useless, or otherwise undesirable information from a book, CD or other publication; to cleanse; to purge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To purify; to clear from anything noxious, offensive, or erroneous; to cleanse; to purge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To purge; cleanse; remove anything obnoxious, offensive, or erroneous from; specifically, to free from what is objectionable on moral or religious grounds: as, to expurgate a book; an expurgated edition of Shakspere.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
Latin expūrgāre, expūrgāt-, to purify : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + pūrgāre, to cleanse; see peuə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin expurgātus, perfect passive participle of expurgō ("cleanse thoroughly"). (Wiktionary)