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

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Staring back at Ball was a proxy error notice, a gray message plastered against a screen of purgatorial white. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 As of October, members of Congress and business groups were already putting together political and legal strategies for salvaging the deal during the six-month purgatorial period. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Canadians Think Trump Will Try to Kill NAFTA. Are They Right?," 11 Jan. 2018 This isn’t to say that the Dreamers’ current purgatorial position is acceptable. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Democrats Threw the Shutdown Fight – And That’s Fine," 22 Jan. 2018 Repeat: liquid rock, in full purgatorial glow, inches below your feet. New York Times, "On Top of Mount Etna, a Lesson in Lava (and Luck)," 18 Jan. 2018 The closest concept the Jews have to limbo is Sheol, a place existing in a purgatorial realm between the poles of paradise and hell — much like, as some might say, the state of Israel itself. Steve Stern, New York Times, "Broken Promises in the Promised Land," 11 Sep. 2017 On another occasion, the family was headed home after a purgatorial vacation— Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Love, Terror, and Cigarettes," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of purgatorial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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