Definition of Cleanse

1. Verb. Clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing. "They cleanse themselves"; "Clean your fingernails before dinner"

Exact synonyms: Clean
Specialized synonyms: Bathe, Wash, Lave, Wash, Lather, Soap, Bath, Bathe, Douche, Floss, Decontaminate
Generic synonyms: Groom, Neaten
Derivative terms: Cleaning, Cleanser, Cleansing



2. Verb. Purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins. "Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins"
Specialized synonyms: Denazify
Generic synonyms: Disembarrass, Free, Rid

Definition of Cleanse

1. v. t. To render clean; to free from fith, pollution, infection, guilt, etc.; to clean.

Definition of Cleanse

1. Verb. (transitive) To free from dirt; to clean, purify. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To spiritually purify; to free from sin or guilt; to purge. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cleanse

1. to clean [v CLEANSED, CLEANSING, CLEANSES] - See also: clean

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cleanse

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cleanse (current term)
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cleanskin
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Literary usage of Cleanse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Biblical Repository and Classical Review. by American Biblical Repository (1849)
"Wahl, the same. Lid- dell and Scott, to wash. Robinson's Wahl, to wash, to cleanse. Robinson, to bathe, to wash. idea, the effect depending on the fluid. ..."

2. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"15. and thou shall cleanse them, 2Ch 29: 18. We have cleansed all the house Neh 13:30. Thus cleansed I them Jer. 33: S.And I will cleanse them Eze 24: 13. ..."

3. A Debate Between Rev. A. Campbell and Rev. N. L. Rice, on the Action by Alexander Campbell, Nathan Lewis Rice, Marcus Tullius Cicero Gould (1844)
"Schleusner defines baptizo, not only to plunge, immerse, but to cleanse, wash, ... In the New Testament, to wash, to cleanse by washing—to wash one's self, ..."

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