verb (used with object), cleansed, cleans·ing.
verb (used without object), cleansed, cleans·ing.
- cleanliness is next to godliness,
- cleansing tissue,
Origin of cleanse
Examples from the Web for cleansing
Just this week, in fact, California went through a cleansing of sorts.Careful What You Wish For: Here’s What California Would Look Like Without Illegal Immigrants|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was time for the cleansing part of the ceremony and Victoria and I, along with half of the crowd, lined up on facing benches.
For them, this is not demolition but reclamation, cleansing the sanctuary that has been profaned by liberals.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One|Jack Schwartz|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Would the cleansing operation revive the image of the republic in the midst of fighting?
So, cleansing and treating the tongue can help to bring other parts of the body into balance.
Four men, who were employed in cleansing a sewer, were so affected by the fœtid vapours, that they were unable to ascend.
HE narrative of the cleansing follows the story of the wedding-feast.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year|John Henry Jowett
"Perhaps he did," nodded Frank, cleansing his instruments with the utmost coolness.Frank Merriwell's Backers|Burt L. Standish
At this camp I also witnessed the mode of cleansing their bodies.
When changing diapers, use oil and cotton and cleansing tissue.If Your Baby Must Travel in Wartime|United States Department of Labor, Children's Bureau
Word Origin for cleanse
Old English clænsunge "cleansing, purifying, castigation; chastity, purity," verbal noun from the root of cleanse. As a present participle adjective, attested from c.1300.
Old English clænsian "to cleanse, purge, purify, chasten, justify," from West Germanic *klainson, from *klainoz (see clean (adj.)). Despite its modern spelling (16c.), it retains its Middle English pronunciation. Related: Cleansed; cleansing.