WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ex•pur•gate /ˈɛkspɚˌgeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -gat•ed, -gat•ing. 
  1. to change by removing words or passages thought to be improper or objectionable:The censors expurgated the documentary.
ex•pur•ga•tion /ˌɛkspɚˈgeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountablecountable]See -pur-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ex•pur•gate  (ekspər gāt′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -gat•ed, -gat•ing. 
  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 cleanse of moral offensiveness.
ex′pur•gation, n. 
expur•ga′tor, n. 
  • Latin expurgātus, past participle of expurgāre to clean out. See ex-1, purge, -ate1
  • 1615–25
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged delete, excise, censor, purge, bowdlerize.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

expurgate /ˈɛkspəˌɡeɪt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to amend (a book, text, etc) by removing (obscene or offensive sections)
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin expurgāre to clean out, from purgāre to purify; see purge

ˌexpurˈgation n ˈexpurˌgator n



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