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cleansing

noun

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the act or fact of freeing from sin or moral guilt
  • underwent a cleansing before he could enter the temple's most sacred chamber

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cleansing

adjective

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cleansing

verb
present participle of cleanse

Synonyms & Antonyms of cleansing (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to free from moral guilt or blemish especially ceremonially
  • in an elaborate ritual the priestess cleansed the gathering of supplicants

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“Cleansing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cleansing. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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