- to make clean.
- to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul.
- to become clean.
Origin of cleanse
before 900; Middle English clensen, Old English clǣnsian, equivalent to clǣne clean + -si- v. suffix + -an infinitive suffix
1. See clean.
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Examples from the Web for cleanse
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The bucket of water-filled prayers she will use three times to “cleanse away her shame.”Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
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“As a result, doing both exercise and a cleanse can leave you feeling tired, dizzy and nauseous,” she says.Is Your Juice Cleanse Doing More Harm Than Good?
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The cleanse, though, leaves out far too many nutritional basics to be safe for the long haul—and for many even the medium haul.The Top 10 Diets of 2013 Are All Useless (Except to Book Publishers)
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And it wanted only a dozen purgatives to cleanse it entirely.
I was about to cleanse your body, and to clear it of its bad humours.
We have forgotten that water can cleanse, and fire purify, and that the Earth is mother to us all.De Profundis
It's surely time to drive her out of the temple, and cleanse it a little.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Cleanse me from the sin of worldly vanity that troubles me!'Father Sergius
- to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
- to remove guilt from
- to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
Old English clǣnsian; related to Middle Low German klēnsen; see clean
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Word Origin and History for cleanse
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