[ purj ]
/ pɜrdʒ /
verb (used with object), purged, purg·ing.
to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.
to rid, clear, or free (usually followed by of or from): to purge a political party of disloyal members.
to clear of imputed guilt or ritual uncleanliness.
to clear away or wipe out legally (an offense, accusation, etc.) by atonement or other suitable action.
to remove by cleansing or purifying (often followed by away, off, or out).
to clear or empty (the bowels) by causing evacuation.
to cause evacuation of the bowels of (a person).
to put to death or otherwise eliminate (undesirable or unwanted members) from a political organization, government, nation, etc.
- 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.
to become cleansed or purified.
to undergo or cause purging of the bowels.
the act or process of purging.
the removal or elimination of members of a political organization, government, nation, etc., who are considered disloyal or otherwise undesirable.
something that purges, as a purgative medicine or dose.
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Origin of purge
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English purgen<Old French purg(i)er<Latin pūrgāre to cleanse; (noun) Middle English <Old French, derivative of the v.
OTHER WORDS FROM purgepurge·a·ble, adjectivepurger, nounun·purge·a·ble, adjectiveun·purged, adjective
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The sea, that purger of sick souls, had washed away the fever and the fret of the last few days.The House of the Vampire|George Sylvester Viereck
British Dictionary definitions for purge
/ (pɜːdʒ) /
(tr) to rid (something) of (impure or undesirable elements)
(tr) to rid (a state, political party, etc) of (dissident or troublesome people)
- 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
(intr) to be cleansed or purified
the act or process of purging
the elimination of opponents or dissidents from a state, political party, etc
a purgative drug or agent; cathartic
Derived forms of purgepurger, noun
Word Origin for purge
C14: from Old French purger, from Latin pūrgāre to purify
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Medical definitions for purge
[ pûrj ]
To cause evacuation of the bowels.
The act or process of purging.
Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.
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