verb (used with object), pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing.
- purified protein derivative of tuberculin,
Origin of purify
Examples from the Web for purification
The entire grim experience, he claims, was a source of “purification.”
This has some associations with the theory of catharsis, a view that is linked to purification and cleansing.
Why do Republicans continue to value “purification” and bloodletting over winning elections?Meghan McCain: Is It Too Late for Mitt Romney and Republicans?|Meghan McCain|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Any organization asking for “purification” from something just feels innately creepy and a little sinister.
And she shall remain in the blood of her purification sixty-six days.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
By enduring our punishment, he provided for our purification.Sermons of Christmas Evans|Joseph Cross
In either case the action tends continually to the purification and segregation of the elements of the stone.On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)|John Ruskin
The purification is completed by two crystallizations from 90 per cent.
The Muhammadan uses earth for the purpose of purification when water is not procurable.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for purify
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.
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.