Purgatory definitions

pûr'gə-tôr'ē
Tending to cleanse or purge.
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A state in which the souls of those who have died in grace must expiate their sins.
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A place or condition of suffering, expiation, or remorse.

A purgatory of drug abuse.

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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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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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(theology) In Catholicism, the stage of the afterlife where souls suffer for their sins before they can enter heaven.
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Any situation causing suffering.
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Tending to cleanse; expiatory.

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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