- to make clean.
- to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul.
- to become clean.
Origin of cleanse
Examples from the Web for cleansing
Just this week, in fact, California went through a cleansing of sorts.Careful What You Wish For: Here’s What California Would Look Like Without Illegal Immigrants
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
September 18, 2014
It was time for the cleansing part of the ceremony and Victoria and I, along with half of the crowd, lined up on facing benches.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
For them, this is not demolition but reclamation, cleansing the sanctuary that has been profaned by liberals.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
Would the cleansing operation revive the image of the republic in the midst of fighting?A Coffin Convoy to Russia
May 29, 2014
So, cleansing and treating the tongue can help to bring other parts of the body into balance.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
March 28, 2014
For a moment there were other duties to be attended to, a clearance and cleansing.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
There in front of him, heaving and tumbling, was the sea: a miracle of healing and cleansing.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
It seemed to her, too, that she would be helping him by cleansing him a little.The Downfall
But the old joy, the sense of purity and cleansing, did not come.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
She should have left on his face the warm touch of hers and the cleansing of her tears.The Prisoner
- to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
- to remove guilt from
- to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
Word Origin and History for cleansing
Old English clænsunge "cleansing, purifying, castigation; chastity, purity," verbal noun from the root of cleanse. As a present participle adjective, attested from c.1300.