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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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Remarkably, the expurgation carries neither the poet's intention-to publish the stanzas intact--nor the fearful publisher's--to remove them from the poem.
For early evangelicals, the expurgation of evil could only be achieved in the individual; attempting to fix an entire social system by fighting slavery, therefore, lacked humility and piety.
Lest there be any misunderstanding, the club reads the plays in their entirety, without editing or expurgation.
As Wickham suggests, drama is a part of this release as an "expurgation of fear ...
The Rockefeller and Ford Foundations rushed to aid the Kinsey Institute, with Gray & Co and other PR firms receiving millions to assure my expurgation from future academic conferences and university professorships and to kill the 1995 federal investigation of Kinsey." It's a fascinating story that is still unfolding.
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Without denying the repressive nature and intent of censorship--here referring to both prepublication censorship and to expurgation of passages from previously published books--Raz-Krakotzkin focuses our attention on the role of censorship as a mediating factor between author and reader, assigning to the censor the role of cultural agent In Raz-Krakotzkin's account, the censor takes his place alongside other new professionals such as editors and typesetters.
Of the end of his political career, he acknowledged: "Before its close it was my good fortune to vote in the Senate for the expurgation of slavery from the constitution of the United States, when it had long been a stumbling block to the lovers of liberty." (88)
Aristotelian logic provides the basis to examine the musings of our leaders and funny jokes are the expurgation. Cathcart and Klein pull no punches in exposing the Orwellian grip that political language has on the national psyche.
We also know that exactly at this moment where it would be valuable to have documentation of local and plebian variations in usage, "the expurgation of traces of local dialects in both writing and speaking was an imperative of formal education.
It quoted David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a private group in Washington which made public a report on the Syrian site earlier in the week, as saying the expurgation of the building was inherently suspicious, adding: "It looks like Syria is trying to hide something and destroy the evidence of some activity.
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Among his most potent recommendations was the elimination of teachers colleges altogether, the requirement of an academic major for all teacher candidates, and the expurgation of the education major from the university and college.