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expurgate (something) from (something)

To remove content that may be deemed objectionable from something, such as a book or show. I'm sure they've expurgated all the racy scenes from the movie if they're showing it on basic cable.
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expurgate something from something

to cleanse something by removing something. (Often refers to editing objectionable material from written or broadcast material.) They expurgated the most graphic passages from the novel. We will expurgate the offensive matter from the article.
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The task that the three authors set for themselves in this boisterous book is not an easy one: that of expurgating the "Euro-demon" in African literature.
1616, to a MS that both included the additions and responded to the 1606 Acte to Restraine Abuses of Players by expurgating the names of God and Christ.
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John Ferne's The Blazon of Gentrie (1586), for example, explains that Roman army camps were called "Castra, even of the word Castrare, to geld: since that they ought to be Castrata vel Casta."(14) Pace Jed, the same gendered etymology surfaces in the Renaissance vocabulary of textual editing; in early modern English, one refers to expurgating a work of objectionable material (sexual or otherwise) as "castration": thus in 1587 the Privy Council appointed a committee to "castrate" Holinshed's Chronicles.(15)
The prudishness of James Ballantyne led to Scott's expurgating from the published novel certain details about the heroine's marriage and the sexual liaison between the villain and his accomplice.