pu·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpyu̇r-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce purification (audio) \

Definition of purification

: the act or an instance of purifying or of being purified

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Synonyms for purification


cleansing, sanctification

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Examples of purification in a Sentence

some people must undergo a ritual purification after certain activities

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Yet a few weeks into the 116th Congress, Democrats appear most interested in ideological purification, which from the outside looks a lot like self-destruction. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Make Trump Popular Again," 13 Feb. 2019 Buyers can also add custom space-saving furniture, solar power, and water purification as extras. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 Pactics had to build its own factory with a water purification system, solar panels and a separate power generator. Alexandra Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs may hurt as trade war worsens, but quitting China is hard to do. Why other countries can’t fill the bill.," 24 Sep. 2018 My answer, inspired in part by those Indiana farmers in 2003, is that the Church is being called to a great purification through far more radical fidelity to Christ, to Catholic teaching and to Catholic mission. George Weigel, WSJ, "A Crisis—but Not of Faith," 30 Aug. 2018 As the Bible tells it, on the Jewish Day of Atonement, Aaron confessed the sins of the children of Israel over the head of a goat, and then the goat was sent into the wilderness as a symbolic act of purification. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Scapegoat’: A Word for Unfair Blame, From the Bible to the Beltway," 24 Aug. 2018 Tip: Warshaw recommends water purification tablets in case the water supply becomes tainted. Melissa Kossler Dutton, The Seattle Times, "Wildfire haze is good reminder to update your go-bag. Here’s how," 21 Aug. 2018 And in Israel, Pruitt was scheduled to unveil an agreement with Water-Gen, an Israeli water purification company championed by Adelson. Anchorage Daily News, "Influential outsiders played a key role in EPA administrator’s travel," 4 May 2018 And Loy wrapped up another big deal last month: the $355 million acquisition of SAES Pure Gas, a maker of gas-purification equipment. BostonGlobe.com, "Demand for chips is insatiable, and that’s just fine with Entegris," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of purification

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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pu·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpyu̇r-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce purification (audio) \

Kids Definition of purification

: an act or instance of freeing from impurities or of being freed from impurities

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