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. (Christianity) Alternative form of Purgatory: the supposed extra-biblical location where a Christian's soul is purged of sin prior to admission to Heaven.
  2. Any situation where suffering is endured, particularly as part of a process of redemption.

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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?)