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purgatorial

[pur-guh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpɜr gəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
removing or purging sin; expiatory:
purgatorial rites.
2.
of, relating to, or like purgatory.
Origin of purgatorial
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; purgatory + -al1
Related forms
nonpurgatorial, adjective
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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

purgatorial

/ˌpɜːɡəˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
serving to purify from sin
2.
of, relating to, or like purgatory
Derived Forms
purgatorially, adverb
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