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cleanse

 (klĕnz)
tr.v. cleansed, cleans·ing, cleans·es
To free from dirt, defilement, or guilt; purge or clean.

[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.
Miss Ophelia saw that there was nobody in the camp that would undertake to oversee the cleansing and dressing of the new arrival; and so she was forced to do it herself, with some very ungracious and reluctant assistance from Jane.
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.
He opened the door to throw out some water that remained in the saucepan from its last cleansing.
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.
I stopped behind the last shrub in the avenue, pulled up my collar, rubbed my shabby hat and my trousers with the cuffs of my sleeves, dusted my coat with the sleeves themselves, and gave them a final cleansing rub one against the other.
Then there had been the work of cleansing to the strictest purity every object in the sacred chamber, and of removing from it every trace of common daily occupation.
Either some of the later explosions had thrown up from the deep quantities of water which, though foul and corrupt itself, had still some cleansing power left, or else the writhing mass which stirred from far below had helped to drag down and obliterate the items of horror.
I know nothing so cleansing to mind as well as body, nothing better calculated to put the finest possible edge on such judgment as one may happen to possess.
But for their usefulness in partially cleansing these terrible streets, they would not be tolerated long.
He added, "The town has done well in the way of cleansing, and finding appliances; and I think that if the cholera should come, even our enemies will admit that the arrangements in the Hospital are a public good.
His way now led towards the river-side regions, and a cleansing whiff of tar was to be detected in the stagnant autumn air.