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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.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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The Rhyddings was once an isolated house noted for the resident of Thomas Bowdler, the expurgator of Shakespeare who produced versions of the bard's work without the parts deemed unsuitable for family.
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.