Definition of purgatorial in English:

purgatorial

adjective

  • See purgatory

    • ‘It makes life too much of a purgatorial balancing conundrum, where pleasure and pain are a roll of the dice.’
    • ‘The first stop is an infinite queue snaking along a drab purgatorial waiting room.’
    • ‘The phrase has purgatorial resonances: you feel that those who are in the waiting-room are going to be there for some time.’
    • ‘The purgatorial state of the nation comes, she argues, from its twisted roots as a colony that never said goodbye to the Crown and a struggle between two official tongues.’
    • ‘This often results in a purgatorial sort of existence, with tenants waiting for the time when they'll be able to buy their own place before they expend any great effort on the environment they want to live in.’

Pronunciation

purgatorial

/pəːɡəˈtɔːrɪəl/