verb (used with object), purged, purg·ing.
- to drive off (undesirable gases) from a furnace or stove.
- to free (a furnace or stove) of undesirable gases.
verb (used without object), purged, purg·ing.
- purging nut,
- purification of the virgin mary
Origin of purge
Examples from the Web for purge
“I thought my reward would be that I could purge my relationship with people in the religious community,” she says.Is the Christian Music Industry Softening on Gays?|Matthew Paul Turner|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the initial, gag-inducing swallows, I waited for the purge.
He simply happened to be in one of those sections of Red Army intelligence which in some purge or other ceased to exist.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind|Michael Weiss|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Third, the current purge is leaving North Korea even more isolated.North Korean Blood Feud is ‘Richard III’ with Nukes|Gordon G. Chang|December 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In true ultra-nationalist form, the party hopes to one day purge the country of all people that are not Greek, as they define it.
If calves are inclined to purge or scour, as the farmers call it, put a little rennet in their food.Soil Culture|J. H. Walden
To purge it of its "grosser" features is to rob it of its chief attraction.Flowers of Freethought|George W. Foote
A few drops of its solution are sufficient to purge a pound of foul water.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
War may be a great soul stimulant meant to purge mankind of evils greater than itself, evils of baseness and world degeneration.The Conquest of America|Cleveland Moffett
Our true policy is to compel both parties to purge themselves of this dangerous element.Robert Toombs|Pleasant A. Stovall
- to empty (the bowels) by evacuation of faeces
- to cause (a person) to evacuate his bowels
- to clear (a person) of a charge
- to free (oneself) of guilt, as by atonementto purge contempt
Word Origin for purge
c.1300, "clear of a charge or suspicion;" late 14c., "cleanse, clear, purify," from Anglo-French purger, Old French purgier "wash, clean; refine, purify" morally or physically (12c., Modern French purger) and directly from Latin purgare "cleanse, make clean; purify," especially of the body, "free from what is superfluous; remove, clear away," figuratively "refute, justify, vindicate" (also source of Spanish purgar, Italian purgare), from Old Latin purigare, from purus "pure" (see pure) + root of agere "to drive, make" (see act (n.)). Related: Purged; purging.
1560s, "that which purges," from purge (v.). Meaning "a purgative, an act of purging" is from 1590s. Political sense from 1730. Earliest sense in English was the now-obsolete one "examination in a legal court" (mid-15c.).