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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: expungere 'to mark something with small holes to show that it is to be removed', from pungere 'to make a small hole'

expunge

verb
     
ex‧punge [transitive] formal
1 to remove a name from a list, piece of information, or book
2 to make someone forget something unpleasant
expunge something from something
I wanted to expunge the memory of that first race from my mind.

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