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Sunday, September 10, 2000

Definitions for expunge

  1. To strike out, erase, or mark for deletion; to obliterate; as, "to expunge words, lines, or sentences."
  2. To wipe out or destroy; to annihilate.

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Citations for expunge
And when the Russian moon program was finally abandoned, the Kremlin spent considerable effort to expunge it from history. Bill Keller, New York Times Magazine
Not only were new data added, but over the centuries old errors were expunged. Stephen J. Pyne, How the Canyon Became Grand
Origin of expunge
1595-1605
Expunge is from Latin expungere, "to prick out, to mark (with dots) for deletion," from ex-, "out of, from" + pungere, "to prick."
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