expurgator


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ex·pur·gate

 (ĕk′spər-gāt′)
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.expurgator - a person who edits a text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages; "Thomas Bowdler was a famous expurgator"
editor, editor in chief - a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine)
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1825: Thomas Bowdler, expurgator of the ``naughty bits'' in the works of Shakespeare, died.
1825 Thomas Bowdler, expurgator of the "naughty bits" in the works of Shakespeare, died.