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[ik-spuhnj] /ɪkˈspʌndʒ/
verb (used with object), expunged, expunging.
to strike or blot out; erase; obliterate.
to efface; wipe out or destroy.
Origin of expunge
1595-1605; < Latin expungere to blot out, erase, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pungere to prick
Related forms
expunger, noun
unexpunged, adjective Unabridged
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  • The suit asks the district to end the ban, allow the girls to attend all school functions and expunge their disciplinary records.
  • It would be wrong to expunge these atrocities from the record of history.
  • Each may be trying to expunge the other from his conscience.
  • We can't go back and expunge the record.
  • He coached his singers to expunge stereotypical attitudes and gestures.
  • To expunge the drama of having witnessed a parent's descent into madness one may join the madness oneself.
British Dictionary definitions for expunge


verb (transitive)
to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate
to wipe out or destroy
Derived Forms
expunction (ɪkˈspʌŋkʃən) noun
expunger, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin expungere to blot out, from pungere to prick
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Word Origin and History for expunge

c.1600, from Latin expungere "prick out, blot out, mark (a name on a list) for deletion" by pricking dots above or below it, literally "prick out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pungere "to prick, stab" (see pungent). Related: Expunged; expunging.

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