purgatorial

adjective
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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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 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 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 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 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 The purgatorial seating has a psychological effect on the service. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "Is Spago relevant? Our critic talks through three (very different) recent meals," 27 June 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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