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Apr 9, 2015
This week’s theme
Kangaroo words

This week’s words
quiescent
catacomb
perambulate
expurgate
frangible

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expurgate

PRONUNCIATION:
(EK-spuhr-gayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To remove parts considered objectionable.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin expurgare (to purge), from ex- (out) + purgare (to cleanse). Earliest documented use: 1621.

USAGE:
“The titles [displayed during the Banned Book Week] include The Odyssey by Homer, which Plato suggested expurgating for immature readers and which Caligula tried to suppress because it expressed Greek ideals of freedom.”
News/Community Briefs; Oakland Tribune (California); Oct 1, 2009.

See more usage examples of expurgate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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