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cleanse

 (klĕnz)
tr.v. cleansed, cleans·ing, cleans·es
1.
a. To free from dirt, contamination, or impurities: cleansed the wound.
b. To treat (the body or an organ) with a regimen intended to remove impurities and promote health: drank vegetable juice for a week to cleanse her digestive system.
2. To purify morally or spiritually: cleanse the organization of corruption; cleansed of sin.
3. To subject to ethnic cleansing.
n.
An act of cleansing: a cleanse of the digestive system.
Idiom:
cleanse the/one's palate
To clear the mouth of strong flavors: served sherbet between courses to cleanse the palate.

[Middle English clensen, from Old English clǣnsian, from clǣne, pure, clean.]

cleansing

(ˈklɛnzɪŋ)
adj
serving or intended to cleanse
n
an instance of cleaning something, esp its surface. See also ethnic cleansing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cleansing - the act of making something cleancleansing - the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"
improvement - the act of improving something; "their improvements increased the value of the property"
disinfestation - the activity of getting rid of vermin
spring-cleaning - the activity of cleaning a house thoroughly at the end of winter
scrubbing, scouring, scrub - the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and soap and water
dry cleaning - the act of cleaning (fabrics) with a solvent other than water
sweeping - the act of cleaning with a broom
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
purification - the act of cleaning by getting rid of impurities
sterilisation, sterilization - the procedure of making some object free of live bacteria or other microorganisms (usually by heat or chemical means)
sanitisation, sanitization, sanitation - making something sanitary (free of germs) as by sterilizing
depilation, epilation - the act of removing hair (as from an animal skin)
washup, bathing - the act of washing yourself (or another person)
housecleaning - the act of cleaning the rooms and furnishings of a house; "efficient housecleaning should proceed one room at a time"
Adj.1.cleansing - cleansing the body by washingcleansing - cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands; "ablutionary rituals"
purifying - freeing from noxious matter; "filtration is a purifying agent"
2.cleansing - acting like an antiseptic
antiseptic - thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms; "doctors in antiseptic green coats"; "the antiseptic effect of alcohol"; "it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"
Translations

cleansing

[ˈklenzɪŋ]
A. ADJ (for complexion) → limpiador (fig) → purificador
B. Nlimpieza f
C. CPD cleansing cream Ncrema f desmaquilladora
cleansing department Ndepartamento m de limpieza
cleansing lotion Nloción f limpiadora

cleansing

adj agentReinigungs-; cleansing cream/milkReinigungscreme f/-milch f; cleansing lotionReinigungslotion f

cleansing

[ˈklɛnzɪŋ] n (see vb) → pulitura, purificazione f
References in classic literature ?
The unmanufactured sperm oil possesses a singularly cleansing virtue.
But cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could not change their color, while through want of food he perished.
Who had begun the cleansing of the marble, and who had left it unfinished?
The partial cleansing of the monument had evidently been accomplished by a strange hand.
This stream had been the good angel of my thoughts all the day, keeping them ever moving and ever fresh, cleansing and burnishing them, quite an open-air laundry of the mind.
But as the priceless treasure too frequently hides at the bottom of a well, it needs some courage to dive for it, especially as he that does so will be likely to incur more scorn and obloquy for the mud and water into which he has ventured to plunge, than thanks for the jewel he procures; as, in like manner, she who undertakes the cleansing of a careless bachelor's apartment will be liable to more abuse for the dust she raises than commendation for the clearance she effects.
If ever my scorn hath scattered mouldered words to the winds, and if I have come like a besom to cross-spiders, and as a cleansing wind to old charnel- houses:
But of Leach's behaviour-- By the time I had finished cleansing the cabin he had taken care of Johnson.
Just before him Tom lay motionless upon the sward; but the murderer minded him not a whit, cleansing his blood-stained knife the while upon a wisp of grass.
Since this was done, the accumulated refuse collected from the periodical cleansings of the house, during a term of nearly three years--including, of course, the ashes from the fires kept burning, for the greater part of the year, in the library and the picture-gallery--have been poured upon the heap, and have buried the precious morsels of paper deeper and deeper, day by day.
Regular makeup users resort to the double-cleanse, often involving a cleansing oil (for makeup days) or micellar water (if one has sensitive skin and doesn't want to wash too much), followed by a water-based cleanser to eradicate residue.
This cleansing work was still in progress, he said.