- 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.
- 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.
Origin of purge
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Examples from the Web for purging
Binge eating and purging does the same for someone with bulimia.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models
January 8, 2015
Al-Zarqawi believed in the importance of purging apostates – something his follower clearly endorses.Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad
June 28, 2014
So was it simply the reports of the purging of the uncle which persuaded them to change their minds?
Another sign is a preoccupation with purging the party of heretics.More Sarah Palin Than Ronald Reagan: CPAC’s Paranoid Style
March 16, 2013
Democracy works this way: it has non-violent means of purging malignant elements.No Lobby is More Powerful Than the People
December 20, 2012
Is the cold of the earth's night pleasant to him after the purging fire?A Dish Of Orts
But less of this happened, we may feel sure, than a purging away of the dross.The Balladists
The perfume of his romance suffused her, purging away all that was unworthy.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
And as passive resistance was their attitude, his purging scheme was abortive.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
If I find it defective, I should serve it by purging it of its defects.Third class in Indian railways
- (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
Word Origin and History for purging
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.).
- To cause evacuation of the bowels.
- The act or process of purging.
- Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.