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pu·ri·fy

 (pyo͝or′ə-fī′)
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.
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purificatory

[ˌpjʊərɪfɪˈkeɪtrɪ] adjpurificatorio/a
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In the case of Orestes, for example, there is the madness which led to his capture, and his deliverance by means of the purificatory rite.
In his masterpiece on spiritual theology, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP, explained the difference between the purificatory and reparatory night of the spirit.
Werts and Jarhen (2007:857) explain that such a temperature is "more than sufficient for the boiling of water, or the reducing of fluids, however, these temperatures are not high enough for the flaming combustion of wood." Such a fire would have been ideal for the purificatory purposes of suffitio.
However, Abhinavagupta surprisingly uses this epithet to introduce a quote in which Bhattanayaka praises Siva in the popular Kashmiri form of Svacchanda Bhairava and says that by Siva's command even great sins are purificatory. (39) This is not exactly standard Mlmamsa fare, to say the least, Mlmamsakas being staunch atheists.
Boys are usually warned against eating eggs, labeled maxuvuri and mimicked unmanly because they are victims of circumcisional phobia (a fear of going through the set traditional purificatory passageway).
One of the most ancient scriptures of Hatha Yoga outlines yoga as a purificatory practice that balances the activities and processes of the physical body, the mind, and the overall energy level, in order to cultivate health, self-awareness, and inner development [65].
But this idea also introduces the notion that the Dhamma, as an intellectual artifact, has a purificatory quality to it the effect of which transforms nearby beings for the better.
The introduction covers Olympiodorus' life and society; philosophical excellence and the philosophical curriculum; pre-philosophical excellence: (1) natural and (2) habituated; philosophical excellence: (3) civic, (4) purificatory, and (5) contemplative; excellence beyond philosophy: (6) exemplary, and (7) inspired; the Platonic curriculum and the Alcibiades: from natural gifts to civic responsibility; and Olympiodorus' lectures On the Alcibiades.
(42) The latter holds the sacrificial piglet required of the purificatory ritual.
(29) On the Athenian Dekate and its purificatory role after childbirth, see, e.g., Zeitlin (1970, 652026); Mirto (1980, 314-15); Cropp (2013, on Electra lines 654 and 1125-26).
Such familiar procedures as the use of magical formulas and purificatory baths, or the elicitation of oracular dreams by sleeping in the temple precincts, can only have had a curative effect by psychical means.