purge

verb
\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to clear of guilt
b : to free from moral or ceremonial defilement
2a : to cause evacuation from purge the bowels
b(1) : to make free of something unwanted purge a manhole of gas purge yourself of fear
(2) : to free (something, such as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (something, such as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleeding
c(1) : to rid (a nation, a political party, etc.) by a purge
(2) : to get rid of the leaders had been purged

intransitive verb

1 : to become purged
2 : to have or produce frequent evacuations
3 : to cause purgation

purge

noun

Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that purges especially : purgative
2a : an act or instance of purging
b : the removal of elements or members regarded as undesirable and especially as treacherous or disloyal

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Verb

purger noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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In some cultures, a ritual bath or prayer is performed to purge guilt or evil spirits. The Minoans of ancient Crete may have used human sacrifice as a way of purging the entire community, which is fine for the community but rough on the victims. In many cultures, people periodically purge themselves physically—that is, clean out their digestive tracts—by taking strong laxatives; this used to be a popular springtime ritual, and herbal purgatives were readily available.

Examples of purge in a Sentence

Verb High-ranking officials were purged from the company following the merger. a day on which the faithful are expected to purge themselves of their sins through prayer and fasting
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Letwin, a veteran Conservative lawmaker, was purged from the party last month for supporting a law intended to prevent Britain from leaving the EU without any agreement, which many see as risking a disorderly, economically damaging rupture. BostonGlobe.com, "British lawmakers disrupt prime minister’s Brexit plan - The Boston Globe," 20 Oct. 2019 As study co-author Margaret Eng, an ecotoxicologist at Saskatchewan, tells Science magazine’s Elizabeth Pennisi, the birds likely needed this time to purge the pesticide from their system, resume normal eating habits and gain back lost fat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Common Pesticides Delay Songbird Migration, Trigger Significant Weight Loss," 14 Sep. 2019 The collected personal information can be purged regularly, according to previous Times reporting. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Commissioners agree to fund security upgrades for Carroll County Circuit Court," 6 Sep. 2019 Electronic communications made public Tuesday show Gov. Greg Abbott’s office was a driving force in the state’s program to purge nearly 100,000 suspected non-U.S. citizens from Texas’ voter rolls. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "Emails show Texas governor requested the voter purge that used flawed data," 4 June 2019 But some security experts advise that a factory-reset is the only sure-fire way to purge VPNFilter from a router. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "FBI urges internet users to reboot their routers to stop Russia-linked malware," 29 May 2018 Ballage’s numbers weren’t good in 2018, but the Dolphins are purging veteran players and have embarked on a youth movement. oregonlive, "Fantasy Football 2019: Former Oregon Duck Royce Freeman among 10 sleepers at running back," 2 Sep. 2019 Voter purge list: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office is updating its list of registered voters and purging names of those who have not voted for the past five years. cleveland.com, "University Heights Fall Fest set for Oct. 6; Democracy Day is Sept. 9 in Shaker Heights; more: Press Run," 30 Aug. 2019 In 1900, international forces, including US Marines, entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreign influence. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The purges, planned for Nov. 1, will forever erase public records that could someday be needed to facilitate any number of investigations into how the state is operating using taxpayer dollars. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Accountability will suffer if state employee emails are deleted," 31 Oct. 2019 Federal courts blocked the state from carrying out a sweeping purge of the voter rolls on the eve of the 2016 election. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Are the Democrats Even Worried About Voter Suppression?," 16 Oct. 2019 In Shanghai, that repression was launched with a bloody purge on April 12, 1927, conducted with the help of a motley army assembled by the omnipresent, triad-like Green Gang and its powerful chieftain Du Yuesheng. Mishi Saran, Quartz, "Can Hong Kong’s fighting spirit endure? An answer might lie in China’s own Communist history," 19 Sep. 2019 Some purge after binging sessions, leading to health problems and even heart failure. Jerome Gence, National Geographic, "Asia’s live-streaming industry promises intimacy. So why are users so lonely?," 31 July 2019 Over the last century, the historic term was used in Asia to describe bloody mass purges in revolutionary China and a period of suppression and martial law on the island of Taiwan. Caitlin Hu, CNN, "What Hong Kong's masked protesters fear," 10 Sep. 2019 Miami has been stockpiling draft picks during an ongoing roster purge that brought 14 new players to the team just since the end of the exhibition season. SFChronicle.com, "Player unrest among Dolphins after loss to Ravens," 8 Sep. 2019 Ben Leuschner, president of the Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association union, told The Republic the purge provisions aren't meant to keep officer misconduct secret. Justin Price, azcentral, "Phoenix police routinely 'purges' officer discipline records, keeps misconduct secret," 23 Aug. 2019 During the last 10 years, that reputation has been somewhat repaired after former Tijuana police chief Julian Leyzaola helped the department purge officers suspected of corruption between 2008 and 2010. (wendy Fry / San Diego Union-tribune), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former Tijuana police officers posing as fake cops," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of purge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purge

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French purger, from Latin purigare, purgare to purify, purge, from purus pure + -igare (akin to agere to drive, do) — more at act

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The first known use of purge was in the 14th century

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purge

verb
How to pronounce purge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to remove people from an area, country, organization, etc., often in a violent and sudden way
: to cause something to leave the body

purge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

: the often violent and sudden removal of people from an area, country, organization, etc.

purge

verb
\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Kids Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to get rid of Ineffective workers were purged from the company.
2 : to rid of unwanted things or people The heir alone would be able to … purge the school of all who were unworthy to study magic.— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

purge

noun

Kids Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of ridding of what is unwanted
2 : the removal of members thought to be treacherous or disloyal a purge of party leaders

purge

verb
\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Medical Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause evacuation from (as the bowels) or of or from the bowels of drugs that purge the bowels purged the patient with a cathartic
2 : to free (itself) of suspended matter usually by sedimentation used of a liquid

intransitive verb

1 : to become purged
2 : to have or produce frequent evacuations
3 : to cause purgation

purge

noun

Medical Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that purges especially : purgative
2 : an act or instance of purging

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\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Legal Definition of purge

1 : to clear (as oneself or another) of guilt purged himself of contempt
2 : to become no longer guilty of purge the contempt

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