purgatorial


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pur·ga·to·ri·al

 (pûr′gə-tôr′ē-əl)
adj.
1. Serving to purify of sin; expiatory.
2. Of, relating to, or resembling purgatory.

purgatorial

(ˌpɜːɡəˈtɔːrɪəl)
adj
1. (Theology) serving to purify from sin
2. of, relating to, or like purgatory
3. (Theology) of, relating to, or like purgatory
ˌpurgaˈtorially adv

pur•ga•to•ri•al

(ˌpɜr gəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-)

adj.
1. removing or purging sin; expiatory.
2. of, pertaining to, or like purgatory.
[1490–1500]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.purgatorial - serving to purge or rid of sin; "purgatorial rites"
2.purgatorial - of or resembling purgatory; "purgatorial fires"

purgatorial

adjective
Serving to purify of sin:
Translations

purgatorial

adj
(Rel) conceptdes Fegefeuers; timeim Fegefeuer; purgatorial fireFegefeuer nt
(fig)höllisch
References in classic literature ?
It was like turning from some purgatorial fiend to an angel of light, come to announce that the season of torment was past.
To reach these beatific acres, he shall have to slowly traverse the purgatorial hinterland, those "barren places" outspread between the new and old cities: "On my last day here, I will walk carefully through the barren places and find the past again, the old city .
For example, his treatment of institutionalised racial discrimination by the apartheid establishment as a metaphor of humans' existential loneliness or even mythical primordial human orphaning, and his theologising of torture as redemptive purgatorial fire virtually endowed an obnoxious regime with mystical divine grace and thus complicated the categories and procedures of the activist.
As many in the cast do, Douglas takes on more than one role, most notably that of Judge Frank, who presides over this purgatorial melee with querulous humor.
Conversely, living is presented by Herodotus as a kind of purgatorial waiting, since the truly good or blessed individual is the one whose life has come to a satisfactory end.
of purgatorial space, with "Each in his proper gloom; / Each in his
Told by a third-person narrator who possesses privileged information about the dilemma that ella faces, Chapter One is told as if a stream-of-consciousness from an interim, purgatorial space.
The cult of the saints, a sense of judgment based on everyday discipleship (Mt 25), and purgatorial "time" all provided a "more level playing field" (83) in comparison with the martyrs and great ascetics, and offered some relief in the face of death and judgment.
Watching, he tells himself it is some sort of purgatorial test devised for him: 'Like a glutton forced to eat sweetmeat after sweetmeat he feels gorged already, but he cannot draw himself away.
Reynolds recounts his determined quest to establish a certain list of Hemingway's high school reading, a quest beginning with gaps in scholarship, continuing through some admirably contrarian reasoning, and ending in a purgatorial wait in the old attic of Oak Park High School for someone to locate a filing cabinet key:
The first are "sad, wispy ones" that are "suffering some purgatorial purification until released from their earthly business.
This strategy prepares the way for the climax in which Connors undergoes a purgatorial process designed to help him discover "the full privileges of a worthy man," rather like the protagonist of the medieval romance Conte du Graal.