Examples of purgatory in a Sentence
the purgatory of drug abuse
The marathons were jokingly referred to as one-day purgatories.
Recent Examples of purgatory from the Web
The Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers are in purgatory at the moment, but thankfully John Dingell and the rest of us can bond in misery Detroit sports are in pretty bad shape at the moment.
Between that and a tight cap situation: purgatory. -- Daniel.
Rose remains in baseball purgatory, his name a permanent prompt in a talent-vs.-character legacy debate.
But Dorsey and Jackson patting themselves on the back, spinning yarns about the old days and sending the Browns into traditional-football purgatory isn't the answer either.
One of the biggest stories in pop this year has undoubtedly been Kesha's triumphant return from career purgatory, following years of public legal drama with former mentor Dr. Luke.
The Suns low-balled Bledsoe during contract negotiations, signed too many players at his position, failed to put together a competitive team around him, and then kept him in purgatory at the end of last season in order to tank.
Shadow Lands The beautiful Shadow Lands takes visitors into the purgatory of Japanese folklore with an impressive level of detail and set design.
After being in football purgatory for four years with Darrell Hazell at the helm, Purdue may finally be on to something with first-year coach Jeff Brohm.
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Purgatory is the place where the soul is cleansed of all impurities, as Dante described in his great poem The Divine Comedy. Today purgatory can refer to any place or situation in which suffering and misery are felt to be sharp but temporary. Waiting to hear the results of a test, or whether you got a good job, can be a purgatory. And an endless after-dinner speech can make an entire roomful of people feel as if they're in purgatory.
Origin and Etymology of purgatory
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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