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[pur-guh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpɜr gəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
removing or purging sin; expiatory:
purgatorial rites.
of, relating to, or like purgatory.
Origin of purgatorial
First recorded in 1490-1500; purgatory + -al1
Related forms
nonpurgatorial, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At Antwerp the cakes are coloured yellow with saffron to suggest the purgatorial flames.

  • Shall we invest with like purgatorial powers the flaming swords that barred the way to Paradise?

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • And let him not fancy that there are any purgatorial pains except before that final and dreadful judgment.

    The City of God, Volume II Aurelius Augustine
  • The speakers were a pair of old purgatorial Twins, not without alleviations, designed by Nature to multiply.

  • To the discard with it, where, flaming in purgatorial fires, it may be refashioned for future reincarnation on some other planet.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • It no longer heals the sick; but it conducts a purgatorial lottery at so much a head!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • If they should cost her a decade in purgatorial torments, she would feel that they were worth it.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • The subsequent restoration of Israel shows that the fires to which the elegist here calls our attention were purgatorial.

  • Philip was passing through a purgatorial fire, and his old master was feeding it with fuel on every side.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The sallies of a Schopenhauer and a Nietzsche lack the purgatorial note which religious sadness gives forth.

British Dictionary definitions for purgatorial


serving to purify from sin
of, relating to, or like purgatory
Derived Forms
purgatorially, adverb
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