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purgatory

noun pur·ga·to·ry \ˈpər-gə-ˌtr-ē\

Purgatory : a state after death according to Roman Catholic belief in which the souls of people who die are made pure through suffering before going to heaven

: a place or state of suffering

plural pur·ga·to·ries

Full Definition of PURGATORY

1
:  an intermediate state after death for expiatory purification; specifically :  a place or state of punishment wherein according to Roman Catholic doctrine the souls of those who die in God's grace may make satisfaction for past sins and so become fit for heaven
2
:  a place or state of temporary suffering or misery

Examples of PURGATORY

  1. the purgatory of drug abuse
  2. The marathons were jokingly referred to as one-day purgatories.

Origin of PURGATORY

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French purgatorie, from Medieval Latin purgatorium, from Late Latin, neuter of purgatorius purging, from Latin purgare
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

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