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 And like there's an end in sight to our purgatorial existence. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, "RIP Election Purgatory: We’re Not Going To Miss You.," 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, "Why Every City Feels the Same Now," 24 Aug. 2020 But that policy did not apply to thousands of concerts that had been bumped from their original dates but had no new ones — leaving the money fans spent on those shows in a purgatorial state. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Live Nation Closes Gap in Refund Policy after Fan Complaints," 25 Apr. 2020 Entering his first season at the helm, McLellan had been looking for ways to break up the purgatorial eight-day break between his team’s preseason finale and regular-season lid-lifter. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings looking for a season of positives after a year of gloom," 4 Oct. 2019 Much like the Kings themselves, Quick appears to be in a purgatorial transition phase, stuck somewhere between the prime and postmortem of his career. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings’ Jonathan Quick is struggling again this season, but his new coach has faith in him," 14 Oct. 2019 The dust was high and the sun was low, but PillowTalk’s funky grooves attracted dancers at that purgatorial time of day when the energy lost after a day in the sun commingled with the urge to continue dancing. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Breakdancing, Bingo & Bass: The 10 Best Moments of Dirtybird Campout West Coast 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 The book’s arid middle, set in Las Vegas, is one of its strongest sections: its expanse of sand and mosquitoes represents a purgatorial state that builds torturous suspense and fundamentally shapes Theo’s addictions and lawless streak. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Goldfinch Is a Uniquely Challenging Novel to Adapt. Here’s Why the Movie Was Doomed," 13 Sep. 2019 Burroughs was an ethereal intermediary between here and the fiery beyond, pausing to give us the purgatorial skinny. Alexander C. Kafka, Houston Chronicle, "How David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Patti Smith and other musicians fell for William S. Burroughs," 29 June 2019

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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 1 Dec. 2020.

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