When you edit out the parts of a book you consider to be inappropriate, this is an example of a time when you expurgate.
- to remove passages considered obscene or otherwise objectionable from (a book, etc.)
- to expunge (objectionable material) from; delete
Origin of expurgate; from Classical Latin expurgatus, past participle of expurgare, to purge, cleanse ; from ex-, out + purgare, purge
transitive verbex·pur·gat·ed, ex·pur·gat·ing, ex·pur·gates
Origin of expurgateLatin exp&umacron;rgare, exp&umacron;rgat-, to purify : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + p&umacron;rgare, to cleanse; see peu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present expurgates, present participle expurgating, simple past and past participle expurgated)
From Latin expurgātus, perfect passive participle of expurgō (“cleanse thoroughly”).