[pur-guh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]


removing or purging sin; expiatory: purgatorial rites.
of, relating to, or like purgatory.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for purgatorial



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