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tr.v. ex·pur·gat·ed, ex·pur·gat·ing, ex·pur·gates
To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

[Latin expūrgāre, expūrgāt-, to purify : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + pūrgāre, to cleanse; see peuə- in Indo-European roots.]

ex′pur·ga′tion n.
ex′pur·ga′tor n.
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Noun1.expurgation - the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary workexpurgation - the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
deletion - the act of deleting something written or printed
bowdlerisation, bowdlerization - the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent
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(6) Such expurgation, which altered storylines, impaired the natural flow of the text, and left the stories somewhat odd and nonsensical, continued to be employed in later Istanbul prints and the influential Cairo prints of 1254h (1838), 1256h (1840), 1257h (1841), and 1259h (1843).
Secondly, the play was subject to expurgation by official censorship in its first performances.
The 2016 election represented a revolt against the expurgation of traditionalism from the American right.
The first part purports to "disentangle the cultural chiasmus" of Moorish-Christian relations (11), often misconstrued by scholars as a mix of infatuation and imitation of the idealized Moor, per romancero representations, pitted against the expurgation of ethnic otherness through political edicts.
There is high need to pass all the existing laws on the subject through the process of sharp expurgation and clarity should be ensured by removing confusing words and phrases of similar nature.
And so, behind his broad dismissal of late Whitman, a much more subtle story persists as Schmidgall draws out the ghost of what was lingering behind revision, or echoing through the absent space of expurgation. "Several passages in the later editions of Leaves of Grass (or passages that vanish from them) are particularly haunting," he laments: "For they seem to capture especially well the sadness of an author so busy to renounce the libidinous joys that made him the most revolutionary of all American poets" (151).
Lockwood, who had written earlier to Max Perkins about the obscenity of Farewell and had received a reply, wrote back again to Perkins on 31 December: "I quite agree with the critics that the book is powerfully and vividly written and for this reason it meets favor with those who View it from the literary point of View," but a little practical "expurgation would have removed the crass obscenities that appear so often in the book" (PUL).
But expurgation could hardly efface completely the turmoil of Protestantism's English-sponsored struggle in Scotland against French Catholic influence, abetted by flattering royal favourites.
Bowdler then went on to expurgate Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire of all passages of "an irreligious or immoral tendency." A decade after his death, Bowdler's name had become synonymous with censorship on moral grounds, and bowdlerize was used to describe the expurgation of literary works.
As suggested above, the true realisation of this paradox would mean both returning home from the great sacrifice of the war and enduring its exterminatory excess in full--as the total expurgation of collective guilt, ushering in the new age through self-immolation.