[pyoo r-uh-fi-key-ter]
noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. the linen cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the chalice after each communicant has drunk from it.
  2. a sponge wrapped in cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the hands.

Origin of purificator

1850–55; < Latin pūrificā(re) to purify + -tor -tor
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Historical Examples of purificator

  • They employ it specially in funeral and expiatory ceremonies as a purificator and as a symbol of immortality.

British Dictionary definitions for purificator


  1. Christianity a small white linen cloth used to wipe the chalice and paten and also the lips and fingers of the celebrant at the Eucharist
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