Why do Republicans continue to value “purification” and bloodletting over winning elections?
This has some associations with the theory of catharsis, a view that is linked to purification and cleansing.
The entire grim experience, he claims, was a source of “purification.”
Any organization asking for “purification” from something just feels innately creepy and a little sinister.
For two Sundays after the purification purchased two small pigs price 6d.
He has not only been purified, but his purification has transformed him.
The squire who was to be knighted was first made to lay aside his clothes, and enter a bath, the symbol of purification.
The first thing to accomplish is the purification of the thoughts.
"The pit of original sin," Hallam named it, advising her to give over the task of purification.
Such a purification from the passion of hate is often easier on the field than at home.
late 14c., originally especially in reference to Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, from Old French purificacion, from Latin purificationem (nominative purificatio) "a purifying," noun of action from past participle stem of purificare (see purify). General sense from 1590s.
early 14c., "free from spiritual pollution," from Old French purefier "purify, cleanse, refine" (12c.), from Latin purificare "to make pure," from purus "pure" (see pure) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "free from extraneous matter" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Purified; purifying.