American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.
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.
- v. transitive To edit out rude, incorrect, offensive, useless, or otherwise undesirable information from a book, CD or other publication; to cleanse; to purge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To purify; to clear from anything noxious, offensive, or erroneous; to cleanse; to purge.
- v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
- From Latin expurgātus, perfect passive participle of expurgō ("cleanse thoroughly"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“I would not 'expurgate' school editions of great authors; the frank obscenity of parts of Shakespeare is far less immoral than the prurient prudishness which declines to print it, but numbers the lines in such a way that the boy can go home and look up the omitted passage in a complete edition, with a distinct sense of guilt, which is where the harm comes in. ”
“Stewart egged Wilmore on by suggesting that the new edits make the book less "uncomfortable," and by citing other logic used by NewSouth Books to expurgate "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
“Monday, May 18, 2009 expurgative stupid human tricks - a New Jersey principle decided to expurgate 2 pages from Paint Me like I am a poetry book for teens ... apparently one of the poems had the F-word in it and We all know that word is hardly ever used in the teen lexicon. at”
“I unbutton my coat, I lean into the wind—anything to expurgate the words of Nina Sergeevna.”
“Who is anyone to expurgate or bowdlerize the word of God?”
“Have you felt any pressure, from librarians or critics or parents, to expurgate these books?”
“Many Germans hoped that the fall of the Berlin wall might finally expurgate their Nazi ghosts. anything, angst over German history, both among Germans themselves and Germany's neighbors, has heightened since reunification.”
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These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
reading 2 articles a week and here will reference unknown words, weekly!
GRE words from Princeton Review guide, ETS GRE Book from 2010 (for revised test), New Yorker/NY Times articles.
List of most of the words I've learned
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