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1purge

verb \ˈpərj\

: to remove people from an area, country, organization, etc., often in a violent and sudden way

: to cause something to leave the body

purgedpurg·ing

Full Definition of PURGE

transitive verb
1
a :  to clear of guilt
b :  to free from moral or ceremonial defilement
2
a :  to cause evacuation from (as the bowels)
b (1) :  to make free of something unwanted <purge a manhole of gas> <purge yourself of fear>
(2) :  to free (as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleeding
c (1) :  to rid (as a nation or party) by a purge
(2) :  to get rid of <the leaders had been purged>
intransitive verb
1
:  to become purged
2
:  to have or produce frequent evacuations
3
:  to cause purgation
purg·er noun
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Examples of PURGE

  1. High-ranking officials were purged from the company following the merger.
  2. <a day on which the faithful are expected to purge themselves of their sins through prayer and fasting>

Origin of PURGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French purger, from Latin purigare, purgare to purify, purge, from purus pure + -igare (akin to agere to drive, do) — more at act
First Known Use: 14th century

2purge

noun

: the often violent and sudden removal of people from an area, country, organization, etc.

Full Definition of PURGE

1
:  something that purges; especially :  purgative
2
a :  an act or instance of purging
b :  the removal of elements or members regarded as undesirable and especially as treacherous or disloyal

First Known Use of PURGE

1563
PURGE Defined for Kids

1purge

verb \ˈpərj\
purgedpurg·ing

Definition of PURGE for Kids

1
:  to get rid of <Ineffective workers were purged from the company.>
2
:  to rid of unwanted things or people <The heir alone would be able to … purge the school of all who were unworthy to study magic. — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>

2purge

noun

Definition of PURGE for Kids

1
:  an act or instance of ridding of what is unwanted
2
:  the removal of members thought to be treacherous or disloyal <a purge of party leaders>

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