- to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
- to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements: to purify a language.
- to free from guilt or evil.
- to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from).
- to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use.
- to become pure.
Origin of purify
Related Words for purifiedabsolve, atone, wash, lustrate, fumigate, expiate, purge, decontaminate, sanitize, exculpate, aerate, oxygenate, clarify, redeem, shrive, cleanse, exonerate, chasten, sublimate, deodorize
Examples from the Web for purified
Historical Examples of purified
Still that could not matter, since charity redeemed and purified all.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But if the loveliness of her character should have purified his, and drawn and bound his soul to hers?Wilfrid Cumbermede
If any freeman consort with him, let him be purified before he returns to the city.Laws
"Everything that grew or moved was purified," she went on ringingly.The Moon is Green
Fritz Reuter Leiber
Instead of women's going to the polls corrupting them it has purified the polls.
- to free (something) of extraneous, contaminating, or debasing matter
- (tr) to free (a person, etc) from sin or guilt
- (tr) to make clean, as in a ritual, esp the churching of women after childbirth
Word Origin for purify
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.