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English definition of “expurgate”

expurgate

verb [T usually passive] uk   /ˈek.spə.ɡeɪt/ us    /-spɚ-/ formal
to remove parts of a piece of writing that are considered likely to cause offence: The book was expurgated to make it suitable for children.
expurgated
adjective uk   /-ɡeɪ.tɪd/ us    /-ɡeɪ.t̬ɪd/
Only an expurgated version of the novel has been published so far.
expurgation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌek.spəˈɡeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-spɚ-/
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