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 purges
The purges continued, albeit less dramatically, through the fall of last year.
It all started with her leftist father, who barely avoided the purges of the 1970s.
Purges must go too far, because extreme capriciousness is what stops the frenzy.
Every fruit-bearing branch, therefore, he purges, that it may bring forth more fruit.Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians|Charles Ebert Orr
He therefore advises him to drink hellebore, which purges the brain.
Those who adopt this view of its action aver that Colchicum acts best when it purges freely.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
After the purges Gheorghiu-Dej and his close collaborators assumed full and undivided authority within the party.Area Handbook for Romania|Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The gum itself is esteemed a great vulnerary; and purges moderately those who are full of bilious, or gross humors.
- 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.).