C17: from Latin expungere to blot out, from pungere to prick
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Word forms: expunges, expunging, expunged
If you expunge something, you getrid of it completely, because it causes problems or bad feelings. [formal] [V n] ⇒ The revolutionaries expunged domestic opposition. [V n + from] ⇒ The experience was something he had tried to expunge from his memory. [beV-ed + from] ⇒ His name was expunged from the record books.
Then the Ecstasy had started to mellow him out, and the guilt had vanished, along with any need to expunge it.Clive Barker SACRAMENTHe would wipe that scene from his mind, expunge it, tear it out shred by shred.Appiganesi, Lisa DREAMS OF INNOCENCEShe wondered if it had anything to do with her having fallen in love with Stanley Godwit and then quickly tried to expunge the thought.Salley Vickers INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3Never had he suggested a deal to expunge some crime from his past record.Collins, Larry BLACK EAGLES