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)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of purificatory was in 1610

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“Purificatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purificatory. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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