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 fact the bungle saved McCarron from NFL purgatory might not have occurred to AJ just yet.
Among Catholics, prayers are offered for those in purgatory, waiting to get into heaven.
The pope’s selling of indulgences to those hoping to get deceased relatives out of purgatory had no biblical basis, Luther argued.
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.
Seamus, unable until now to have a Christian burial, lingers in a purgatory of his own, but so does his wife.
After hiving off enterprise technology nearly two years ago, the remaining HP was thought to be the more boring half, stuck in the purgatory of personal computers and printers.
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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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