Definition of expunge in English:



  • Erase or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)

    ‘I’ve kind of expunged that period from my CV’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, there is, I'm sure, a certain catharsis involved in expunging one's darkest secrets in those sealed little booths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These individuals see the Intifada as expunging the occupation and arriving finally at independence.’
    • ‘Those in the book can be easily erased while the ones in the heart cannot be expunged, he said.’
    • ‘Hector had expunged any reference to his health when issuing his blue copy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Provisionally, they seemed to agree, provided all religious references were expunged from the script.’
    • ‘They demanded that school officials apologize and expunge the incident from her son's records.’
    • ‘It now expunges records of a book's last reader after 30 days.’
    • ‘Also, any ‘questionable language’ in the songs has been expunged.’
    • ‘This should be entirely expunged from our thinking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were arrested and court-martialed and it wasn't until many years later that their record was expunged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you want someone's memory to be expunged from popular consciousness, you shouldn't go around writing newspaper articles about them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's not just trying to remove the Treaty from law, but expunge it from public consciousness altogether.’
    • ‘The incident could be expunged from his records as the words of a mentally unstable girl.’
    • ‘Anyway, I'm back on the cam and the imposter has been expunged.’
    erase, remove, delete, rub out, wipe out, efface
    cross out, strike out, blot out, blank out
    cancel, annul, destroy, obliterate, eradicate, extinguish, eliminate, abolish, annihilate, extirpate
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Early 17th century: from Latin expungere mark for deletion by means of points from ex- out + pungere to prick.