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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.
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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"
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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.
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