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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Examples of purification in a Sentence

some people must undergo a ritual purification after certain activities
Recent Examples on the Web For example, senior living communities are introducing air purification and disinfection technologies, which remove contaminated particles from circulation. Dr. Eric George, Forbes, "Why 'Essential' Industries Should Care About The Consumer Experience," 12 Apr. 2021 The restaurant operates with social-distancing and other health measures in place, including routine disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, deep-cleaning protocols and air purification. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Edwins Too switching restaurant concept in Cleveland’s Shaker Square," 9 Apr. 2021 The island has a 5-foot galley sink with two faucets and an Echo ionization and purification system. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents custom home in Frisco," 13 Feb. 2021 Already, developers are drawing up blueprints with a focus on fresh air flow, filtration and purification. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Clean Air: The Next Luxury Apartment Perk," 9 Dec. 2020 Ionization air purification has been installed in the ventilation system to fight viruses in the air while creating more airflow. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "As Las Vegas shows reopen, here's what will be different for audiences and performers," 1 Apr. 2021 Last summer, the city of Houston hired the company to build a system to keep its water purification plants operating during power outages. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "H-E-B, known for coming to the rescue with water and hot meals, added electricity to that list," 19 Mar. 2021 The Times is increasingly giving its audience the purification rituals in place of serious reporting. Ira Stoll, Washington Examiner, "Bad Times," 11 Mar. 2021 Here, Nolan often slips into cliché, drawing analogies to redemption or purification through love. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Why do women stay with toxic men? A debut novel has some uncomfortable answers," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of purification

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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15 Apr 2021

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“Purification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purification. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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