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
After being stuck on the treadmill of mediocrity for three consecutive seasons and wandering aimlessly through NFL purgatory, the Saints seem to have finally put it all together.
Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries spent months in legal purgatory after the federal courts rejected it
In the two decades since then, the rights to the computer and its software suite have been sold off and stuck in legal purgatory.
But if the choice is between letting tax reform join Obamacare repeal in purgatory – and getting to Susan Collins’s right for the sake of bailing out Trump’s presidency – there is no good political reason for a Democratic senator to do the latter.
Wow, that sounds like a market languishing in sports purgatory.
But the original jack-o'-lanterns were carved from turnips and carried a candle to represent a soul trapped in purgatory, according to Rogers.
Mr. Trump said, consigning him to the same purgatory recently occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, another loyalist who ran afoul of his boss.
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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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