• WordNet 3.6
    • n expurgation the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Expurgation The act of expurgating, purging, or cleansing; purification from anything noxious, offensive, sinful, or erroneous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n expurgation The act of purging or cleansing, or the state of being purged or cleansed; a cleansing; purification from anything obnoxious, offensive, or erroneous; specifically, the removal, as in an edition of a book, of what is offensive from the point of view of morals or religion.
    • n expurgation In astronomy, the emerging of the sun or moon from eclipse, beginning with the cessation of the total or annular phase (or with the middle of the eclipse if this is partial) and ending with the cessation of the partial phase. See eclipse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Expurgation act of expurgating or purifying: the removal of anything hurtful or evil: exculpation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. expurgatio, justification, excuse: cf. F. expurgation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. expurgāre, -ātumex, out, purgāre, to purge.


In literature:

He thought Ivy was an expurgated edition of Lillian Russell, Madame De Stael, and Mrs. Pankburst.
"Buttered Side Down" by Edna Ferber
She was supervised and expurgated, as it were.
"The Shuttle" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Joe tried the weather, and the small gossip of the film world, and a judiciously expurgated sketch of his life since he had last seen her.
"Cabin Fever" by B. M. Bower
Well, Eastman says 'Lochinvar' will go in my expurgated version.
"The Jimmyjohn Boss and Other Stories" by Owen Wister
The book was promptly recalled, worked over, toned down, and reissued "expurgated" in 1892.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
All we have left now is an expurgated edition of that uncle.
"Mark Twain's Speeches" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I'll have to expurgate it or you'd have a rush of blood to the head, you're so excitable.
"The Guns of Bull Run" by Joseph A. Altsheler
And now will you kindly take down the expurgated phrase?
"Rolling Stones" by O. Henry
His speech was two or three words longer, but they are inappropriate at the end of a chapter, and I expurgate.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
With these expurgated it confirms the admirable methods inspired by its unmethodical suggestions.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord

In news:

A new expurgated edition of ' Huckleberry Finn ' has got some Twain scholars up in arms.

In science:

The asymptotic growth rate of the weight distributions is the same for the original and expurgated ensembles when θGV ≤ θ ≤ 1 − θGV .
Asymptotic Concentration Behaviors of Linear Combinations of Weight Distributions on Random Linear Code Ensemble
This exponent corresponds to the usual expurgated exponent for the BSC case (see also the discussion in ).
Asymptotic Concentration Behaviors of Linear Combinations of Weight Distributions on Random Linear Code Ensemble
A unified framework to obtain all known lower bounds (random coding, typical random coding and expurgated bound) on the reliability function of a point-to-point discrete memoryless channel (DMC) is presented.
Error Exponent for Multiple-Access Channels:Lower Bounds
To derive the third bound (expurgated), we eliminate some of the codewords from the codebook with larger rate.
Error Exponent for Multiple-Access Channels:Lower Bounds
This is the first bound of this type that explicitly uses the method of expurgation for MACs.
Error Exponent for Multiple-Access Channels:Lower Bounds