Word of the Day: expurgate

expurgate (EK-spuhr-gayt)
verb tr.: to remove parts considered objectionable

From Latin expurgare (to purge), from ex- (out) + purgare (to cleanse).
Earliest documented use: 1621

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“The titles [displayed during the Banned Book Week] include The Odyssey by Homer, which Plato suggested expurgating for immature readers and which Caligula tried to suppress because it expressed Greek ideals of freedom.”
News/Community Briefs; Oakland Tribune (California); Oct 1, 2009.

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