expurgator

expurgate

[ek-sper-geyt]
verb (used with object), expurgated, expurgating.
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.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin expurgātus, past participle of expurgāre to clean out. See ex-1, purge, -ate1

expurgation, noun
expurgator, noun
unexpurgated, adjective


1. delete, excise, censor, purge, bowdlerize.
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expurgate (ˈɛkspəˌɡeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to amend (a book, text, etc) by removing (obscene or offensive sections)
 
[C17: from Latin expurgāre to clean out, from purgāre to purify; see purge]
 
expur'gation
 
n
 
'expurgator
 
n
 
expurgatory
 
adj
 
expurgatorial
 
adj

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expurgate
1620s, from L. expurgatus, pp. of expurgare "to cleanse out" (see expurgation). Related: Expurgated; expurgating. The earlier verb was simply expurge (late 15c.), from M.Fr. expurger.
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expurgate [(ek-spuhr-gayt)]

To clean up, remove impurities. An expurgated edition of a book has had offensive words or descriptions changed or removed.

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