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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.]
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|Noun||1.||expurgator - a person who edits a text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages; "Thomas Bowdler was a famous expurgator"|
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