An example of purgatory is the place between heaven and hell where a soul's ultimate fate is decided.
A purgatory of drug abuse.
Origin of purgatory
- 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 purge
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition