One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The purification or cleansing of someone or something.‘the purgation by ritual violence of morbid social emotions’
purging, purification, cleansing, release, relief, emotional release, freeing, deliverance, exorcism, riddingView synonyms
- ‘But in all cases the cure is effected essentially by a kind of catharsis or purgation - a release of the pent-up psychic energy, the constriction of which was the basic cause of the neurotic illness.’
- ‘The showing of Anatomy of Pain on television was seen as poignant and revealing, a sort of purgation, catharsis.’
- ‘Catharsis is the explosion or release of long repressed feelings, the purgation of secret passions.’
- ‘I concluded that what my grandfather had been in Purgatory, though also present on earth in some mystical way, and God allowed him to appeal to his son to pray for his release and purgation from attachment to this dimension.’
- ‘It takes place as a kind of massive purgation cleansing of the cosmos that allows the new creation to occur.’
- ‘She was cautious, but Feinstein finds no trace of dishonour in the care she took to keep herself alive and free through successive waves of revolution and purgation.’
- 1.1 (in Roman Catholic doctrine) the spiritual cleansing of a soul in purgatory.
atonement, redemption, redress, reparation, restitution, recompense, requital, penanceView synonyms
- ‘The path to the unitive state, the mystics tell us, includes purgation, an encounter with the transforming love of God that cleanses and purifies us.’
- ‘Exorcists were known to abstain periodically from food for reasons of vision causation, purgation, and divine encounter.’
- ‘By this date, it was believed that the dead did not proceed directly to salvation, but instead passed to the intermediate state of purgatory, where they experienced a prolonged and painful purgation of their sins.’
- ‘In Brown's late paintings and in the work Gillespie has been making in recent years, symbols are used less for confession and purgation than for spiritual instigation and invocation.’
- ‘The man Christ's voluntary and most innocent, most shameful, and most cruel death on the Cross was the deletion and purgation of, and the satisfaction for, all the carnal desires of human nature.’
- 1.2historical The action of clearing oneself of accusation or suspicion by an oath or ordeal.
- 1.3 Evacuation of the bowels brought about by laxatives.
- ‘Herbs with this flavor are generally used for clearing heat, inflammation, infections, toxicity, purgation, discharge dampness, cough vomiting.’
- ‘For those with dry stool or constipation, purgation is adopted to clear away heat and promote bowel movement.’
- ‘Clinical research on purgation in the treatment of the condition lends some support to this hypothesis.’
- ‘In order to understand the use of purges in TCM it is important to understand the concepts and principles of purgation as applied in herbal practice.’
- ‘What was the evidence, he asked, that purgation did anyone any good?’
- ‘On the last day of Pizhichil, herbal medicines are given for purgation and a suitable diet prescribed.’
Late Middle English: from Old French purgacion, from Latin purgatio(n-), from purgare ‘purify’ (see purge).
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