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tr.v. pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing, pu·ri·fies
1. To rid of impurities: purify water.
2. To rid of foreign or objectionable elements: tried to purify the party of its dissenters.
3. To free from moral or spiritual defilement: rituals to purify the soul.

[Middle English purifien, from Old French purifier, from Latin pūrificāre : pūrus, clean; see pure + -ficāre, -fy.]

pu·rif′i·ca·to′ry (pyo͝o-rĭf′ĭ-kə-tôr′ē) adj.
pu′ri·fi′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.purifying - serving to purge or rid of sin; "purgatorial rites"
2.purifying - freeing from noxious matter; "filtration is a purifying agent"
adulterant, adulterating - making impure or corrupt by adding extraneous materials; "the adulterating effect of extraneous materials"
3.purifying - 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"
References in classic literature ?
Chairman, before we bend to our noble task of purifying politics, in the interest of good government I wish to say a word of the untoward events of last evening.
Melody is divided by some philosophers, whose notions we approve of, into moral, practical, and that which fills the mind with enthusiasm: they also allot to each of these a particular kind of harmony which naturally corresponds therewith: and we say that music should not be applied to one purpose only, but many; both for instruction and purifying the soul (now I use the word purifying at present without any explanation, but shall speak more at large of it in my Poetics); and, in the third place, as an agreeable manner of spending the time and a relaxation from the uneasiness of the mind.
After a sufficient quantity has thus been collected, the oil undergoes a purifying process, and is then poured into the small spherical shells of the nuts of the moo-tree, which are hollowed out to receive it.
Some plant species are capable of purifying the air by removing airborne dust, volatile organic compounds, harmful particles, micro-organisms and mould spores, as well as getting rid of unpleasant odours.
He understands the value we add by purifying cotton and the quality of the line of Purified Cotton fibers we offer, and he understands our intense focus on safety, quality and purity.
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The Purifying line debuted at the WanderLust Yoga Festival in Aspen-Snowmass, Colo.
Purifying and culturing neural cells; a laboratory manual.
a Doctor of the Church, explains that these words "it shall not be forgiven him either in this world or the next" prove that in the next life "some sins will be forgiven and purged away by a certain purifying fire.
But purifying sewage and letting it soak into the ground - which naturally filters out bacteria and other impurities - has gone on elsewhere for years.
The device relates to a wood drying plant comprising a wood drying device and a purifying device that is arranged to receive a drying gas from the wood drying device, the drying gas comprising water steam and volatilized organic components such as terpenes, and to purify the drying gas from organic components and to recover the latter.
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