ex = out from, purgare = to cleanse

verb: to remove material that is considered to be objectionable from a written document


Its first known use was in 1678. It evolved from a permutation of the latin verb purgare, meaning to cleanse, and originally referred to general purification.


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  • censorship
  • banned books
  • the government
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  • bowdlerization
  • black lists