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3 definitions found
 for expurgate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Expurgate \Ex"pur*gate\ ([e^]ks"p[u^]r*g[=a]t or
     [e^]ks*p[^u]r"g[=a]t; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Expurgated
     ([e^]ks`p[u^]r*g[=a]"t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Expurgating
     ([e^]ks`p[u^]r*g[=a]"t[i^]ng).] [L. expurgatus, p. p. of
     expurgare to purge, purify; ex out, from + purgare to
     cleanse, purify, purge. See Purge, and cf. Spurge.]
     To purify; to clear from anything noxious, offensive, or
     erroneous; to cleanse; to purge; as, to expurgate a book.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  expurgate
      v 1: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate;
           "bowdlerize a novel" [syn: bowdlerize, bowdlerise,
           expurgate, castrate, shorten]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "expurgate":
     abbreviate, abridge, bleach, blot out, blue-pencil, bowdlerize,
     cancel, censor, clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse, clear out,
     cross out, cut, delete, delouse, depurate, deterge, dry-clean,
     dust, dust off, edit, edit out, erase, expunge, freshen, kill,
     lustrate, omit, purge, purify, reform, rescind, rub out, scavenge,
     spruce, steam-clean, strike, strike off, strike out, sweep out,
     sweeten, tidy, void, whiten, wipe, wipe off, wipe out, wipe up
  
  

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