noun, plural pur·ga·to·ries.
- purging nut,
Origin of purgatory
Examples from the Web for purgatory
According to the playbill, the answer is neither heaven nor hell (nor purgatory).The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)|Samuel Fragoso|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Summer got us through our yearly Hell and Purgatory and led us to Heaven in June.
I wondered how many centuries of purgatory it would take to atone for such a sin.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The survivors of the wreck face a different kind of purgatory.Italian Shipwreck Survivors to be Prosecuted and Fined|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“My brother and sister-in-law live in purgatory because they have no end and they are looking for the truth,” Cameron testified.
The world is a paradise for fools, a purgatory or worse for others.Crankisms|Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
Perhaps he felt that for him after his Golgotha are the sweet-singing flames of Purgatory.Egoists|James Huneker
She changed what had been hell into what was to be purgatory.The Lords of the Ghostland|Edgar Saltus
For this reason, among others, the woman in me would not let me fly, so I remained and went through a purgatory of suffering.The Woman Thou Gavest Me|Hall Caine
Meantime, a solitary figure remained in the library, pacing to and fro like a lost soul in Purgatory.The Lion and The Mouse|Charles Klein
Word Origin for purgatory
c.1200, from Old French purgatore and directly from Medieval Latin purgatorium (St. Bernard, early 12c.), in Latin, "means of cleansing," noun use of neuter of purgatorius (adj.) "purging, cleansing," from purgat-, past participle stem of Latin purgare (see purge (v.)). Figurative use from late 14c.
In the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, the condition of souls of the dead who die with some punishment (though not damnation) due them for their sins. Purgatory is conceived as a condition of suffering and purification that leads to union with God in heaven. Purgatory is not mentioned in the Bible (see also Bible); Catholic authorities defend the teaching on purgatory by arguing that prayer for the dead is an ancient practice of Christianity and that this practice assumes that the dead can be in a state of suffering — a state that the living can improve by their prayers.