• WordNet 3.6
    • v expunge remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line "Please strike this remark from the record","scratch that remark"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Expunge To blot out, as with pen; to rub out; to efface designedly; to obliterate; to strike out wholly; as, to expunge words, lines, or sentences.
    • Expunge To strike out; to wipe out or destroy; to annihilate; as, to expunge an offense. "Expunge the whole, or lop th' excrescent parts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expunge To mark or blot out, as with a pen; rub out; erase, as words; obliterate.
    • expunge Figuratively, to efface; strike out or wipe out; destroy; annihilate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Expunge eks-punj′ to wipe out: to efface
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expungere, expunctum, prick out, expunge, settle an account, execute; ex, out + pungere, to prick, puncture. See Pungent.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. expungĕre, to prick out, erase—ex, out, pungĕre, to prick.


In literature:

The aged bishop expunged from this letter all that might wound Mgr.
"The Makers of Canada: Bishop Laval" by A. Leblond de Brumath
Look at the map of Europe, from which France was said to be expunged, and now see nothing but France.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
The attempt to expunge records is always indefensible, besides being in itself irrational and absurd.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
The night was wearing away, the expungers were in full force, masters of the chamber happy and visibly determined to remain.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
He re-read his father's letter that he might expunge the reference to the scant living.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It consists in expunging the characteristic of the affective states.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
I would gladly see the accounts of such engagements expunged from the annals of English history.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
He moved that the whole of it in which the character and influence of the president were eulogized should be expunged.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Like some other important sayings of our Lord, it has been virtually expunged.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
We know full well it bears the stamp of inexperience, and there is much concerning Philoclea that we shall expunge.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall

In poetry:

No crooked name my pen shall forge;
Then, if you please we'll call him George--
For why should we expunge a name
Which pure from his god-fathers came?
"Courtship" by William Hutton
O King of the Kingdom that hails Thy name
Since first to the void Thou spakest,
Evoking the light that from darkness came,
Accept this plea to expunge my shame
As rite of memorial.
"For The Day Of Memorial" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

350 fee to expunge criminal record likely to shackle progress.
"At the end of his little skit," Stephens said, "you can get like an eraser and a thumbtack and that sort of reminds me of this expungement .
and in the end, it'll be two people in the whole state who will get their record expunged .
To have a criminal record expunged , people would file a petition that names as defendants law enforcement agencies, courts, prosecuting attorneys, and other entities believed to possess the records.
Fifteen years must have passed since the conviction for the crime to be expunged , and "good moral character" must be established and vouched for.
Starting July 1 and only after jumping through several hoops, certain nonviolent ex-offenders can apply to have their records expunged .
Stockbroker Sanctioned For Nondisclosure Of Expunged Criminal Charges.
Former Employee Wins Wrongful Termination FINRA Expungement Case.
Bolaris sued after American Express wouldn't expunge.
0A woman whose home began sinking and falling apart while she was still living in it is fighting to have the foreclosure expunged from her record.
Now if only he can expunge that nickname.
Herbert Vargo Jr could get record expunged.
Now if only he can expunge that nickname .
The conviction should be expunged or the verdict overturned as fraud rather than just pardoned , she said.
Lower court ruling expunging CBS fine stands, but court says next wardrobe malfunction might not be so lucky.

In science:

We therefore expunged from data set IB3 abnormally correlated runs that took place in March, 1990.
Underlying Dynamics of Typical Fluctuations of an Emerging Market Price Index: The Heston Model from Minutes to Months
After deflating prices and expunging autocorrelated returns, four independent parameters have to be fit to the data: the long term mean volatility θ, the relaxation time for mean reversion γ−1 , the amplitude of volatility fluctuations κ and the correlation between price and volatility ρ.
Underlying Dynamics of Typical Fluctuations of an Emerging Market Price Index: The Heston Model from Minutes to Months
We also have expunged from data a drawdown inconsistent with the supposition of independence made by the Heston model that took place in the transition between the first 22 years of long memory returns to the memoryless time series we have analysed.
Underlying Dynamics of Typical Fluctuations of an Emerging Market Price Index: The Heston Model from Minutes to Months
In equal-time quantization “axial” ghosts are present , , which, although expunged from the “physical” Hilbert space, contribute to Green functions.
QCD: from four to two dimensions