Definition of expunge in English:



[with object]
  • Obliterate or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)

    ‘the kind of man that could expunge an unsatisfactory incident from his memory’
    • ‘So the world has been stood on its head, historical memory has been expunged, and rationality and decency have gone into retreat across the continent of Europe.’
    • ‘The usual pattern was the one-off benefit to private capital of a state asset on the cheap - with debts being expunged and subsidies being provided.’
    • ‘This should be entirely expunged from our thinking.’
    • ‘He's not just trying to remove the Treaty from law, but expunge it from public consciousness altogether.’
    • ‘All references to his drug use have been expunged, and he's now a dashing old adventurer grieving over his inability to save his son's life.’
    • ‘Perhaps there needs to be some kind of commission for truth and reconciliation so the historical crimes perpetrated in its name can be expunged from the record.’
    • ‘They were arrested and court-martialed and it wasn't until many years later that their record was expunged.’
    • ‘But the answer to the present imperfections is in part to abolish faith schools in their entirety and expunge religion from schools, except as a topic of study.’
    • ‘Provisionally, they seemed to agree, provided all religious references were expunged from the script.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, there is, I'm sure, a certain catharsis involved in expunging one's darkest secrets in those sealed little booths.’
    • ‘The incident could be expunged from his records as the words of a mentally unstable girl.’
    • ‘These individuals see the Intifada as expunging the occupation and arriving finally at independence.’
    • ‘Hector had expunged any reference to his health when issuing his blue copy.’
    • ‘They demanded that school officials apologize and expunge the incident from her son's records.’
    • ‘Those in the book can be easily erased while the ones in the heart cannot be expunged, he said.’
    • ‘If you want someone's memory to be expunged from popular consciousness, you shouldn't go around writing newspaper articles about them.’
    • ‘Also, any ‘questionable language’ in the songs has been expunged.’
    • ‘It now expunges records of a book's last reader after 30 days.’
    • ‘Thoughts such as those though will be expunged from the memory of the runner when he takes to the grid for this afternoon's 500-mile race.’
    • ‘Anyway, I'm back on the cam and the imposter has been expunged.’
    erase, remove, delete, rub out, wipe out, efface
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Early 17th century: from Latin expungere ‘mark for deletion by means of points’, from ex- ‘out’ + pungere ‘to prick’.