pur·​ga·​tion | \ ˌpər-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce purgation (audio) \

Definition of purgation

: the act or result of purging

Examples of purgation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of the fantasy of the baths has always been about the grace of purgation — this urge to slough away the lesser parts of ourselves and let our better selves emerge instead: rarefied, whittled, purified. Leslie Jamison, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2020 This purgation is absent from Jeff Buckley’s soft, wounded crooning. Hannah Seidlitz, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Frozen yogurt in the afterlife The seventh and eighth centuries saw the growth of teaching about an intermediate place where souls undergo purification and purgation. Matthew Robert Anderson, Quartzy, 27 Nov. 2019 Nobody asked me, but pundits who pooh-pooh postulations of a blue wave in Maryland discount the possibility of unprecedented personal purgations at the polls — that is, voting as catharsis. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, 22 June 2018 Democrats have taken a delicate approach to the self-purgations. David Weigel, Washington Post, 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of purgation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Purgation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purgation. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for purgation


pur·​ga·​tion | \ ˌpər-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce purgation (audio) \

Medical Definition of purgation

1 : the act of purging specifically : vigorous evacuation of the bowels (as from the action of a cathartic or an infectious agent)
2 : administration of or treatment with a purgative


pur·​ga·​tion | \ pər-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce purgation (audio) \

Legal Definition of purgation

: the act or the result of purging

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