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expurgate

ex·pur·gate

expurgate

 
 
pronunciation:
ek spr geIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: expurgated, expurgates, expurgating
definition: to purge (a book or the like) of material considered to be offensive or erroneous prior to publication.
Earlier publications of the book were expurgated to eliminate sexual references.
synonyms:
bowdlerize, purge
similar words:
censor, cleanse, purify, refine, sanitize
derivations: expurgatorial (adj.), expurgatory (adj.), expurgation (n.), expurgator (n.)
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