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n. pl. pur·ga·to·ries
1. Roman Catholic Church A state in which the souls of those who have died in grace must expiate their sins.
2. A place or condition of suffering, expiation, or remorse: a purgatory of drug abuse.
Tending to cleanse or purge.
[Middle English purgatorie, from Old French purgatoire, from Medieval Latin pūrgātōrium, from Late Latin, means of purgation, from neuter of pūrgātōrius, cleansing, from Latin pūrgāre, to cleanse; see purge.]
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1. (Theology) chiefly RC Church a state or place in which the souls of those who have died in a state of grace are believed to undergo a limited amount of suffering to expiate their venial sins and become purified of the remaining effects of mortal sin
2. a place or condition of suffering or torment, esp one that is temporary
[C13: from Old French purgatoire, from Medieval Latin pūrgātōrium, literally: place of cleansing, from Latin pūrgāre to purge]
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pur•ga•to•ry(ˈpɜr gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)
n., pl. -ries,
1. (esp. in Roman Catholic belief) a place or state following death in which penitent souls are purified of venial sins or undergo the temporal punishment still remaining for forgiven mortal sins and thereby are made ready for heaven.
2. any condition or place of temporary punishment, suffering, or expiation.adj.
3. serving to cleanse, purify, or expiate.
[1175–1225; Middle English purgatorie (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin pūrgātōrium (n.), Late Latin pūrgātōrius (adj.) = Latin pūrgā(re) to purge + -tōrium -tory2, -tōrius -tory1]
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|Noun||1.||purgatory - a temporary condition of torment or suffering; "a purgatory of drug abuse"|
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
|2.||purgatory - (theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins|
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
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noun torment, agony, murder (informal), hell (informal), torture, misery, hell on earth Every step of the last three miles was sheer purgatory.
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purgatory[ˈpɜːgət/ərɪ] n (Rel) (fig) → purgatorio
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