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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The country is covered with a vast number of water tanks and step wells, some of them stunningly elaborate, used variously for irrigation, drinking water and religious purification. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 Shinto also refers to ways in which the faithful demonstrate awareness of kami through rituals of purification, prayer, festivals, and creation of art and music. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Only one more week to seek outstanding second rotation of Japanese artworks in CMA’s big Shinto exhibition," 23 June 2019 There’s another valuable opportunity in the holy month of Ramadan, a period associated with purification when most Muslims fast from sun-up to sun-down—a perfect thematic fit for reducing plastic use. Chandran Nair, Quartz, "Religious leaders can kickstart a global anti-plastic movement," 6 June 2019 Using water filtration and purification tools has helped Mike and Anne Howard, the husband-and-wife traveling duo HoneyTrek, globetrot continuously for over 2,000 days without breaking their no-plastic-bottles pact. Sunny Fitzgerald, National Geographic, "6 plastic-free ways to travel with safe drinking water," 7 Mar. 2019 Solis UVC Purifications came up with a two-part water purification bottle that promises to kill bacteria. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Alzheimer's aids come out of Lake Forest High School business incubator program," 8 June 2019 As soldiers pepper the crumbling high-rises with machine-gun fire, who should drop by but Eduard Limonov, the famous Russian writer and wanderer who’d made no secret of his admiration for Miloševi c and the cause of ethnic purification. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 Salt has a purification property in Japanese culture. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "How to Organize Your Home in 2019, According to Marie Kondo," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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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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