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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.
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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Examples from the web for expunged
  • In my opinion, this type of separatist verbiage should be expunged from the modern scientific lexicon.
  • If there's one area from which the last vestiges of human interaction need to be expunged in the name of profit, it's music.
  • He had an imprint on the fashion world that can never be expunged.
  • Not only were new data added, but over the centuries old errors were expunged.
  • There are a few places you still have to say yes, you have been convicted, even if it's all been expunged.
  • All arrests should be revealed during our search, with the exception of those charges that have been legally expunged by a judge.
  • expunged records are completely destroyed and are not available.
  • Includes arrest and expunged convictions, all previous law violations and personal protection orders.
  • Previously, some types of legal enforcement records were expunged after five years.
British Dictionary definitions for expunged


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 expunged



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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