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expurgate (verb) remove obscene passages from a book or obscene scenes from a play or a movie.

A book is expurgated if the obscene passages are removed from it. Passages causing offense to any section of readers, or in any way objectionable to the readers are removed from a book if it has been expurgated. An expurgated movie has obscene scenes or dialogues removed from it. In other words, to expurgate is to censor or to bowdlerize.

  • While in some Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses” has been totally banned, in other countries it has been thoroughly expurgated rendering it rather dull and unexciting.
  • Bowdler expurgated from the plays of Shakespeare all obscene passages and presented versions of them which are suitable for young readers and family reading.
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