pur·​ga·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌpər-gə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce purgatorial (audio) \

Definition of purgatorial

1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of purgatory
2 : cleansing of sin : expiatory

Examples of purgatorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neo, Bugs, and Morpheus visit Sati (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), a program that first appeared to Neo as a child in the purgatorial train station of Revolutions. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 If Clyde’s is clearly figured as purgatorial, glimpses of both the divine and the ordinary lie just beyond. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 23 Nov. 2021 Here is the molten core of the series, the power source that’s too hot to truly touch: Ted is a figure of great pathology, a sloganeer drifting in a purgatorial state. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Dogs are, for some of us, a perfect balm for purgatorial anxieties. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 29 July 2021 In the latter video, the singer, dancer and artist twigs also reaches upward toward a celestial, winged being before descending down a long pole into a purgatorial-like space. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 29 Mar. 2021 Given how the episode starts with a fantasy, this special could entirely be Rue in a purgatorial state. Marcus Jones, EW.com, 4 Dec. 2020 And like there's an end in sight to our purgatorial existence. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, 6 Nov. 2020 The room was like any other these days, with its neutral bedding, uncomfortable bouclé lounge chair, and wood-veneer accent wall—tasteful, but purgatorial. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of purgatorial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Purgatorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purgatorial. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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