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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
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  • Humour ascends from his Hope to them as to a heaven of animals from a purgatorial region.

    George Cruikshank W. H. Chesson
  • Shall we invest with like purgatorial powers the flaming swords that barred the way to Paradise?

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • The speakers were a pair of old purgatorial Twins, not without alleviations, designed by Nature to multiply.

  • The Roman Catholic and the Restorationist answer, in purgatorial fire, or in some kind of a second probation after death.

  • purgatorial pains—unless indeed they should prove eternal—are insufficient punishment for the impious man who invented Allegory.

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

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Is not the shield of Achilles, like Dante's pavement of the purgatorial staircase, a forecast of the future?

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

British Dictionary definitions for purgatorial


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