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[pur-gey-shuh n] /pɜrˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act of purging.
Origin of purgation
1325-75; Middle English purgacioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin pūrgātiōn- (stem of pūrgātiō) a cleansing, purging, equivalent to pūrgāt(us) (past participle of pūrgāre to make clean or pure, derivative of pūrus pure) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonpurgation, noun
superpurgation, noun Unabridged
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  • The bowels also should be regulated; but purgation is not to be desired.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • What is understood by ‘purgation’ is not simply a mere form of words.

    Atrocious Judges John Campbell, Baron Campbell
  • In rapid cases rest, liquid diet, purgation, and firm bandaging of the legs are indicated.

  • But apparently when you are put to your purgation it is most emphatically otherwise.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • The old Roman canon law of purgation, a similar ordeal, he used not rarely.

  • purgation may be present, and in some instances the whole of the hair has fallen off.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • This purgation over, the convoys entered upon the route to Versailles, pressed between two files of cavalry.

  • This was her purgation for the sin of making them the slaves of her ambition.

    Life's Little Ironies Thomas Hardy
  • We are angels when we come to cure—devils when we ask payment—but I will administer a purgation to his purse I warrant him.

    The Abbot Sir Walter Scott
  • But it became more than purgation soon, and her mood approached despair.

    Life's Little Ironies Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for purgation


the act of purging or state of being purged; purification
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Word Origin and History for purgation

late 14c., "purification from sin," also "discharge of waste," from Old French purgacion "a cleansing," medical or spiritual (12c., Modern French purgation) and directly from Latin purgationem (nominative purgatio) "a cleansing, purging," figuratively "an apology, justification," noun of action from past participle stem of purgare (see purge (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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purgation in Medicine

purgation pur·ga·tion (pûr-gā'shən)
Evacuation of the bowels through the use of a purgative medicine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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