Definition of Purge

1. Noun. The act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge.

Exact synonyms: Purgation, Purging
Specialized synonyms: Purification
Generic synonyms: Clearing

2. Verb. Oust politically. "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"
Generic synonyms: Oppress, Persecute
Antonyms: Rehabilitate

3. Noun. An act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements.
Exact synonyms: Purging
Generic synonyms: Cleaning, Cleansing, Cleanup
Specialized synonyms: Abreaction, Catharsis, Katharsis, Catharsis, Katharsis, Purgation

4. Verb. Clear of a charge.
Generic synonyms: Acquit, Assoil, Clear, Discharge, Exculpate, Exonerate
Derivative terms: Purgation

5. Noun. An abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place. "He died in a purge by Stalin"
Generic synonyms: Removal

6. Verb. Make pure or free from sin or guilt. "He left the monastery purified"
Exact synonyms: Purify, Sanctify
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Spiritualise, Spiritualize, Lustrate
Derivative terms: Purgation, Purification, Purity, Saint, Saint, Sanctification

7. Verb. Rid of impurities. "Purge your mind"
Generic synonyms: Distill, Make Pure, Purify, Sublimate
Derivative terms: Purging, Purging

8. Verb. Rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid. "Purge the old gas tank"
Exact synonyms: Flush, Scour
Generic synonyms: Rinse, Rinse Off
Derivative terms: Scour

9. Verb. Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth. "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"

10. Verb. Excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body). "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"
Causes: Empty, Evacuate, Void
Generic synonyms: Care For, Treat
Derivative terms: Purgation, Purgative

Definition of Purge

1. v. t. To cleanse, clear, or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign, or superfluous.

2. v. i. To become pure, as by clarification.

3. n. The act of purging.

Definition of Purge

1. Noun. An act of purging ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) An evacuation of the bowels or a vomiting. ¹

3. Noun. A cleansing of pipes. ¹

4. Noun. A forcible removal of people from political activity. ¹

5. Noun. That which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to clean thoroughly; to cleanse; to rid of impurities ¹

7. Verb. (transitive religion) to free from sin, guilt, or the burden or responsibility of misdeeds ¹

8. Verb. (transitive medicine) to void the bowels; to vomit. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive legal) to clear of a charge, suspicion, or imputation ¹

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Definition of Purge

1. to purify [v PURGED, PURGING, PURGES] - See also: purify

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Literary usage of Purge

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1. The Works of George Fox by George Fox (1831)
"roughly purge his flour, and gather his wheat into his garner, and burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.' So Christ is the purger of the heart, mind, ..."

2. Annual Report by Rockefeller Foundation (1921)
"The drug is given in two equal portions, one at 6 am and one at 8 am The last capsule is followed in two hours by a saline purge. No preliminary purge is ..."

3. The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor by Jeremy Taylor, Charles Page Eden, Reginald Heber, Alexander Taylor (1852)
"... use indirect and unworthy arts that they '"' ' " first, that the king of Spain gave a commission to the inquisitors to purge all catholic authors, ..."

4. A Life of William Shakespeare by Sidney Lee (1916)
"He brought up Horace, giving the poets a pill; but our fellow Shakespeare hath given him a purge that made him bewray his credit. ..."

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