purgation

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Noun[edit]

purgation (plural purgations)

  1. the act of purging, especially by the use of a purgative
    • 1832, The Edinburgh Review (page 470)
      Seven or eight annual bloodings, and as many purgations — such was the common regimen the theory prescribed to ensure continuance of health []
  2. cleansing from sin or guilt