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expurgate

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Definition edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  • Sexually explicit scenes were expurgated in the version distributed in the Middle East.
  • An expurgated transcript of the Watergate tapes.
  • She had gotten used to the nuns, a literature of appropriate sentiments, poems with a message, expurgated texts.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • expurgated = edited by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  • He thinks his conversion is something inside him and his attention is therefore chiefly turned at present to the states of his own mind—or rather to that very expurgated version of them which is all you should allow him to see.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • expurgated = edited by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  • The old fables of mankind are, indeed, unfathomably wise; but we must not have them expurgated in the interests of Mr. Vanderbilt.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • II Dick told Nicole an expurgated version of the catastrophe in Rome—in his version he had gone philanthropically to the rescue of a drunken friend.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But even without our expurgated radio broadcast, we had learned what the authorities did not want us to know.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Dewey admits it, but he adds that except for an apparently somewhat expurgated version of his own conduct, Hickock's story supports Smith's.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I agreed to go, as I'd heard the players were doing Feltemi's original and not one of the expurgated versions.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Yossarian was busy expurgating all but romance words from the letters when the chaplain sat down in a chair between the beds and asked him how he was feeling.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • For his senior yearbook, he'd selected his quote, from a rap song, which he'd expurgated for Briarcrest Christian School consumption: "People ask me if I ever reach the top will I forget about them?
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • We were Rasczak's Roughnecks, the best unprintable outfit in the whole expurgated M. I.; we climbed into our capsules because Jelly told us it was time to do so and we fought when we got down there because that is what Rasczak's Roughnecks do.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • In vain might Odette expurgate her confession of all its essential part, there would remain in the accessories something which Swann had never yet imagined, which crushed him anew, and was to enable him to alter the terms of the problem of his jealousy.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • Dick was paying some tribute to things unforgotten, unshriven, unexpurgated.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unexpurgated means not and reverses the meaning of expurgated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • ] I'm sure the programme will be delightful, after a few expurgations.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • ...banner Japanese screen and cuspidors (club style, rich winecoloured leather, gloss renewable with a minimum of labour by use of linseed oil and vinegar) and pyramidically prismatic central chandelier lustre, bentwood perch with fingertame parrot (expurgated language), embossed mural paper at 10/— per dozen with transverse swags of carmine floral design and top crown frieze, staircase, three continuous flights at successive right angles, of varnished cleargrained oak, treads and risers,...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • [8] The Unexpurgated Case Against Woman Suffrage; London, 1913, p. 9.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unexpurgated means not and reverses the meaning of expurgated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Indoor: discussion in tepid security of unsolved historical and criminal problems: lecture of unexpurgated exotic erotic masterpieces: house carpentry with toolbox containing hammer, awl nails, screws, tintacks, gimlet, tweezers, bullnose plane and turnscrew.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unexpurgated means not and reverses the meaning of expurgated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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