Definition of expunge in English:



  • Obliterate or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)

    ‘the kind of man that could expunge an unsatisfactory incident from his memory’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those in the book can be easily erased while the ones in the heart cannot be expunged, he said.’
    • ‘These individuals see the Intifada as expunging the occupation and arriving finally at independence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It now expunges records of a book's last reader after 30 days.’
    • ‘Also, any ‘questionable language’ in the songs has been expunged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, there is, I'm sure, a certain catharsis involved in expunging one's darkest secrets in those sealed little booths.’
    • ‘They were arrested and court-martialed and it wasn't until many years later that their record was expunged.’
    • ‘If you want someone's memory to be expunged from popular consciousness, you shouldn't go around writing newspaper articles about them.’
    • ‘Provisionally, they seemed to agree, provided all religious references were expunged from the script.’
    • ‘Anyway, I'm back on the cam and the imposter has been expunged.’
    • ‘The incident could be expunged from his records as the words of a mentally unstable girl.’
    • ‘He's not just trying to remove the Treaty from law, but expunge it from public consciousness altogether.’
    • ‘This should be entirely expunged from our thinking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.