Definition of Expurgation

1. Noun. The deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work.

Exact synonyms: Castration
Generic synonyms: Deletion
Specialized synonyms: Bowdlerisation, Bowdlerization
Derivative terms: Castrate, Expurgate



Definition of Expurgation

1. n. The act of expurgating, purging, or cleansing; purification from anything noxious, offensive, sinful, or erroneous.

Definition of Expurgation

1. Noun. The act of expurgating, purging, or cleansing; purification from anything noxious, offensive, sinful, or erroneous. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Expurgation

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Expurgation

expunction
expunctions
expuncts
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expunged
expungement
expungements
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expungers
expunges
expunging
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expurgated
expurgates
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expurgation (current term)
expurgations
expurgator
expurgatorial
expurgatorious
expurgators
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expurge
expurged
expurges
expurging
exquisite
exquisitely
exquisiteness
exquisitenesses

Literary usage of Expurgation

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1. The Rise of the Greek Epic: Being a Course of Lectures Delivered at Harvard by Gilbert Murray (1911)
"The spirit of expurgation, which we studied in the fifth lecture, had already begun its long work of removing the traces of primitive cruelty and ..."

2. Chapters from the Religious History of Spain Connected with the Inquisition by Henri-Charles Lea (1890)
"In this matter of expurgation the Spanish Inquisition took great credit to itself for its libera'ity, and it certainly spared no labor to preserve the ..."

3. History of the Public School Society of the City of New York: With Portraits by William Oland Bourne (1870)
"expurgation OF SCHOOL-BOOKS.—1840-1841. Propositions of Bishop Dubois relative ... Graham to the Society—Reply of the Committee—expurgation of School-Books. ..."

4. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1814)
"... the poorer natives, far and near, are obliged to undergo expurgation by drinking a liquor which is called in Dar-Fûr kilingi, or fume-thing that ..."

5. Philosophy and the Social Problem by Will Durant (1917)
"Ill The expurgation of the Intellect Consider the reaction of an experienced statesman who leaves the service of a king to enter the service of truth. ..."

6. A Treatise on the System of Evidence in Trials at Common Law: Including the by John Henry Wigmore (1915)
"expurgation of Criminality by Statutory Amnesty or Indemnity; (1) Statutes forbidding Prosecution, etc. [Note 5; add:} ENGLAND : St. 1905, 5 Edw. VII, c. ..."

7. Right of the Bible in Our Public Schools by George Barrell Cheever (1854)
"... expurgation, the remainder of the volumes being still readable. In other pages, couplets of straggling stars filled up the omissions ; and, ..."

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