purificatory

adjective
pu·​ri·​fi·​ca·​to·​ry | \ pyu̇r-ˈi-fi-kə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce purificatory (audio) , ˈpyu̇r-(ə-)fə-kə- How to pronounce purificatory (audio) \

Definition of purificatory

: serving, tending, or intended to purify purificatory rituals

Examples of purificatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many stepwells were used for ablution; the tanks associated with mosques, Hindu temples and other shrines offered the most purificatory form. Summoning water from the depths was also a symbol of temporal power. The Economist, 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of purificatory

1610, in the meaning defined above

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“Purificatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purificatory. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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