Purge

Definition of Purge

v. t.1.To cleanse, clear, or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign, or superfluous.
[imp. & p. p. Purged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purging .]
2.(Med.) To operate on as, or by means of, a cathartic medicine, or in a similar manner.
3.To clarify; to defecate, as liquors.
4.To clear of sediment, as a boiler, or of air, as a steam pipe, by driving off or permitting escape.
5.To clear from guilt, or from moral or ceremonial defilement; as, to purge one of guilt or crime.
When that he hath purged you from sin.
- Chaucer.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.
- Ps. li. 7.
6.(Law) To clear from accusation, or the charge of a crime or misdemeanor, as by oath or in ordeal.
7.To remove in cleansing; to deterge; to wash away; - often followed by away.
Purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.
- Ps. lxxix. 9.
We 'll join our cares to purge away
Our country's crimes.
- Addison.
v. i.1.To become pure, as by clarification.
2.To have or produce frequent evacuations from the intestines, as by means of a cathartic.
n.1.The act of purging.
The preparative for the purge of paganism of the kingdom of Northumberland.
- Fuller.
2.That which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic.

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