purgatory

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

purgatory (countable and uncountable, plural purgatories)

  1. (Christianity) Alternative form of Purgatory
  2. Any situation where suffering is endured, particularly as part of a process of redemption.

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Adjective[edit]

purgatory (comparative more purgatory, superlative most purgatory)

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

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