Purgatory meaning

pûrgə-tôrē
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Purgatory is a place or state of being where people exist temporarily to admit their sins or receive punishment.

An example of purgatory is the place between heaven and hell where a soul's ultimate fate is decided.

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Tending to cleanse or purge.
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(roman catholic church) A state in which the souls of those who have died in grace must expiate their sins.
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Any situation causing suffering.
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(theol.) A state or place in which, in Roman Catholicism and other Christian doctrine, those who have died in the grace of God expiate their sins by suffering.
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Any state or place of temporary punishment, expiation, or remorse.
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(theology) In Catholicism, the stage of the afterlife where souls suffer for their sins before they can enter heaven.
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Tending to cleanse; expiatory.

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A place or condition of suffering, expiation, or remorse.

A purgatory of drug abuse.

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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

  • From Latin purgātōrium (“cleansing"). Cognate to English purge.

    From Wiktionary