Origin of purgative
Examples from the Web for purgative
That makes the playing of a football game not purgative but grotesque in the current context.Penn State Should Cancel the Rest of Its Football Season|Michael Tomasky|November 12, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Take a purgative, bathe with cold lotion, and exclude light to keep down inflammation.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
The juice of the leaves is prescribed internally as a purgative and anthelmintic.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines|T. H. Pardo de Tavera
It is needless to give a purgative without bleeding, as, till this is done, it will not operate.A Treatise on Sheep:|Ambrose Blacklock
Such Stools were always bilious, as were commonly those procured by purgative Medicines.
Linseed oil is also a purgative and less irritating than aloes; the dose is from ten to thirty ounces.Riding and Driving|Edward L. Anderson
late 14c., from Old French purgatif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin purgativus, from purgat-, past participle stem of Latin purgare (see purge (v.)). The noun is attested from early 15c. (Old English medical texts have clænsungdrenc).