[ pyoor-uh-fi-key-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or process of making something pure and free of any contaminating, debasing, or foreign elements:We fund groundbreaking development projects like water purification and clean cookstove technology.

  2. the act of making something free of guilt or evil:Purification of the soul brings freedom from hatred, selfishness, and greed.

  1. the act or process of making something clean and fit for ceremonial or ritual use:At this early Shinto temple, the ceremonies consisted chiefly of ritual cleansings and purifications.

Origin of purification

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Latin pūrificātiōn-, stem of pūrificātiō “ritual cleansing”; see purify, -ation

Other words from purification

  • non·pu·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • re·pu·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun

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