[ pur-guh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr- ]
/ ˌpɜr gəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /


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


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Origin of purgatorial

First recorded in 1490–1500; purgatory + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM purgatorial

non·pur·ga·to·ri·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for purgatorial

/ (ˌpɜːɡəˈtɔːrɪəl) /


serving to purify from sin
of, relating to, or like purgatory

Derived forms of purgatorial

purgatorially, adverb
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