ex·punge /ik-'spənj/ vt ex·punged, ex·pung·ing: to cancel out or destroy completely
expunge the court records of an acquitted defendant
ex·punge·ment n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb abrade, annul, black out, blot out, cancel, cause to disappear, censor, cross off, cross out, delere, delete, destroy, dispose of, do away with, edit out, efface, eradicate, erase, excise, extinguish, extirpate, inducere, leave no trace, nullify, obliterate, oblitterare, put an end to, quash, quell, raze, remove, remove all sign of, remove all trace of, render illegible, rub out, scratch out, strike out, take out, wipe away, wipe off, wipe out associated concepts: expunge the record II index annul, bowdlerize, cancel, censor, delete, destroy (efface), edit, eliminate (eradicate), eradicate, excise (cut away), expurgate, extinguish, obliterate, redact, remove (eliminate), revoke

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To erase; to destroy completely, especially information or documents.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To intentionally destroy, obliterate, or strike out records or information in files, computers, and other depositories. For example, state law may allow the criminal records of a juvenile offender to be expunged when he reaches the age of majority, to allow him to begin his adult life with a clean record. Or, a company or government agency may routinely expunge out-of-date records to save storage space.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

To destroy; blot out; obliterate; erase; efface designedly; strike out wholly. The act of physically destroying information—including criminal records—in files, computers, or other depositories.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

To destroy; blot out; obliterate; erase; efface designedly; strike out wholly. The act of physically destroying information—including criminal records—in files, computers, or other depositories.

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  • expunge — To strike out; to obliterate, erase or mark for deletion. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • expunge — c.1600, from L. expungere prick out, blot out, mark (a name on a list) for deletion by pricking dots above or below it, lit. prick out, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + pungere to prick, stab (see PUNGENT (Cf. pungent)). Related: Expunged;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • expunge — *erase, cancel, efface, obliterate, blot out, delete Analogous words: wipe, eradicate, extirpate (see EXTERMINATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • expunge — [v] destroy, obliterate abolish, annihilate, annul, black, black out*, blot out, blue pencil*, call all bets off*, call off, cancel, cut, delete, discard, drop, efface, eradicate, erase, exclude, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, gut, kayo*,… …   New thesaurus

  • expunge — ► VERB ▪ obliterate or remove completely. DERIVATIVES expungement noun expunger noun. ORIGIN Latin expungere mark for deletion by means of points , from pungere to prick …   English terms dictionary

  • expunge — [ek spunj′, ikspunj′] vt. expunged, expunging [L expungere (pp. expunctus), to mark (with points) for omission, erase < ex , out + pungere, to prick: see POINT] to erase or remove completely; blot out or strike out; delete; cancel SYN. ERASE …   English World dictionary

  • expunge — v. (D; tr.) to expunge from * * * [ɪk spʌndʒ] (D; tr.) to expunge from …   Combinatory dictionary

  • expunge — ex|punge [ıkˈspʌndʒ] v [T] formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: expungere to mark something with small holes to show that it is to be removed , from pungere to make a small hole ] 1.) to remove a name from a list, piece of information, or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • expunge — [[t]ɪkspʌ̱nʤ[/t]] expunges, expunging, expunged VERB If you expunge something, you get rid of it completely, because it causes problems or bad feelings. [FORMAL] [V n] The revolutionaries expunged domestic opposition and mobilized their resources …   English dictionary

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