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verb[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective expurgated
Remove matter thought to be objectionable or unsuitable from (a book or account)‘the expurgated Arabian Nights’
censor, bowdlerize, blue-pencil, redact, cut, editclean up, purge, purify, sanitize, make acceptable, make palatable, make presentable, water down, emasculateView synonyms
- ‘I resolved to give him an expurgated account of where I'd been when I got home.’
- ‘Merely expurgating bigoted speech did not and could not address the underlying problem.’
- ‘It was first published in drastically expurgated form in 1905.’
- ‘She found that most of them had been expurgated to remove anything that was remotely controversial, in some cases making the author's intention unrecognizable.’
- ‘In another instance, the search engine on the BBC Web site includes the word terrorist for an entry, but the page in question has had the word expurgated.’
- ‘The mass media give little background, and what they do is carefully expurgated.’
- ‘As we drew closer to World War Two here, he actually withdrew the book - I mean it was expurgated.’
- ‘Her curiosity piqued, she gathered 10 exams from the past three years and discovered that most of the literary passages had been expurgated.’
- ‘It had been on the books since 1897, when expurgated editions of the classics, especially for consumption in classrooms, were common.’
- ‘Muir retrieved his letters to Carr and had some sections expurgated from them, which he hoped to reserve from the future's prying eyes.’
- ‘In fact they expurgated any reference to animal sacrifices from their liturgy.’
- ‘Previously Mahler's letters to his wife Alma have been available only in her ruthlessly expurgated version.’
- ‘Your Honour could make a direction that the transcript be edited or expurgated to that extent.’
- ‘Collated, expurgated and presented in hardback form so many years after his death the journals show a childish, drug-addled man who often verged on a limited kind of brilliance through his songs.’
- ‘The one major error I have detected in Perkins' biography is the confident assertion that she would not have tried to expurgate every unflattering reference.’
- ‘All reference to them has been expurgated from his works… and from all other contemporary accounts.’
- ‘Soldiers' missives haven't been routinely expurgated since World War II and the days of ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships.’’
- ‘If anything, the translation has managed to expurgate many of the careless clauses.’
- ‘Readers get an inspiring - and expurgated - story.’
- ‘Thomas Jefferson expurgated his own version by cut and paste method.’
Early 17th century (in the sense purge of excrement): from Latin expurgat- thoroughly cleansed from the verb expurgare, from ex- out + purgare cleanse.
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