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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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin expūrgāre, expūrgāt-, to purify : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + pūrgāre, to cleanse; see peuə- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin expurgātus, perfect passive participle of expurgō ("cleanse thoroughly").

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