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purify

[pyoo r-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing.
  1. to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
  2. to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements: to purify a language.
  3. to free from guilt or evil.
  4. to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from).
  5. to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use.
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verb (used without object), pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing.
  1. to become pure.
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Origin of purify

1250–1300; Middle English purifien < Middle French purifier < Latin pūrificāre. See pure, -ify
Related formspu·ri·fi·ca·tion, nounpu·rif·i·ca·to·ry [pyoo-rif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pyʊˈrɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivepu·ri·fi·er, nounnon·pu·ri·fi·ca·tion, nounnon·pu·ri·fy·ing, adjectivere·pu·ri·fi·ca·tion, nounre·pu·ri·fy, verb, re·pu·ri·fied, re·pu·ri·fy·ing.self-pu·ri·fy·ing, adjectiveun·pu·ri·fied, adjectiveun·pu·ri·fy·ing, adjective
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Related Words for purification

distillation, regeneration, purgation, absolution, atonement, forgiveness, grace, rebirth, washing, redemption, refinement, ablution, purge, catharsis, baptism, salvation, bathing, rarefaction, sanctification, expurgation

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British Dictionary definitions for purification

purify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to free (something) of extraneous, contaminating, or debasing matter
  2. (tr) to free (a person, etc) from sin or guilt
  3. (tr) to make clean, as in a ritual, esp the churching of women after childbirth
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Derived Formspurification, nounpurificatory (ˈpjʊərɪfɪˌkeɪtərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for purify

C14: from Old French purifier, from Late Latin pūrificāre to cleanse, from pūrus pure + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for purification

n.

late 14c., originally especially in reference to Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, from Old French purificacion, from Latin purificationem (nominative purificatio) "a purifying," noun of action from past participle stem of purificare (see purify). General sense from 1590s.

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purify

v.

early 14c., "free from spiritual pollution," from Old French purefier "purify, cleanse, refine" (12c.), from Latin purificare "to make pure," from purus "pure" (see pure) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "free from extraneous matter" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Purified; purifying.

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