purgatory

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin purgātōrium (cleansing). Cognate to English purge.

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purgatory (countable and uncountable, plural purgatories)

  1. (theology) In Catholicism, the stage of the afterlife where souls suffer for their sins before they can enter heaven
  2. any situation causing suffering

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purgatory (comparative more purgatory, superlative most purgatory)

  1. Tending to cleanse; expiatory.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burke to this entry?)