AskDefine | Define expurgation

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expurgation n : the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work [syn: castration]

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  1. The act of expurgating, purging, or cleansing; purification from anything noxious, offensive, sinful, or erroneous.

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Expurgation is a form of censorship by way of purging anything noxious, offensive, sinful, or erroneous, usually from an artistic work. In recent times, this has been known as bowdlerization after Thomas Bowdler, who in 1818 published an expurgated edition of William Shakespeare's work that he considered to be more appropriate than the original for women and children. He similarly edited Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

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wikt expurgation

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