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[pur-guh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
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  1. removing or purging sin; expiatory: purgatorial rites.
  2. of, relating to, or like purgatory.
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Origin of purgatorial

First recorded in 1490–1500; purgatory + -al1
Related formsnon·pur·ga·to·ri·al, adjective
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Related Words for purgatorial

purging, expiatory, laxative, lustral, physic, aperient, aperitive, emetic

Examples from the Web for purgatorial

Historical Examples of purgatorial

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for purgatorial


  1. serving to purify from sin
  2. of, relating to, or like purgatory
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Derived Formspurgatorially, adverb
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