• WordNet 3.6
    • n purgation the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
    • n purgation a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites
    • n purgation purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Purgation The act of purging; the act of clearing, cleansing, or putifying, by separating and carrying off impurities, or whatever is superfluous; the evacuation of the bowels.
    • Purgation (Law) The clearing of one's self from a crime of which one was publicly suspected and accused. It was either canonical, which was prescribed by the canon law, the form whereof used in the spiritual court was, that the person suspected take his oath that he was clear of the matter objected against him, and bring his honest neighbors with him to make oath that they believes he swore truly; or vulgar, which was by fire or water ordeal, or by combat. See Ordeal. "Let him put me to my purgation ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purgation The act of purging; clearing, cleansing, or purifying by separating and carrying away impurities or whatever is extraneous or superfluous; purification; specifically, evacuation of the intestines by purgatives.
    • n purgation The act of cleansing from the imputation of guilt; specifically, in old law, the clearing of one's self from a crime of which one has been publicly suspected and accused. It was either canonical (that is, prescribed by the canon law, the form whereof used in the spiritual court was that the person suspected took his oath that he was clear of the facts objected against him, and brought his honest neighbors with him to make oath that they believed he swore truly) or vulgar (that is, by fire or water ordeal, or by combat). See ordeal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Purgation a purging: a clearing away of impurities:
    • n Purgation (law) the act of clearing from suspicion or imputation of guilt, a cleansing
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  • Michelangelo
    “Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. purgatio,: cf. F. purgation,. See Purge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. purger—L. purgāre, -ātumpurus, pure, agĕre, to do.


In literature:

A purgative will also be found useful.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
And if I know not how Purgation in general is effected in a Humane Body?
"The Sceptical Chymist" by Robert Boyle
If this is not effective a purgative must be given.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
It occurs in several recipes of the Anglo-Saxon Leechdoms, as a strong and bitter purgative.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
The bowels should be freely moved by purgatives or enemata.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
When the strength admits of it, the purgative may be given every four or five days.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
This annual purgation of society, is perhaps another blessing of a tropical country.
"An Old Sailor's Yarns" by Nathaniel Ames
And within four days of this purgative process a marked change was noticeable.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
There the purgative process goes forward, as explained in a previous chapter.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
He thinks it is purgative.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
At the instance of Gondremark, it had undergone a strict purgation, and was now composed exclusively of tools.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Such Stools were always bilious, as were commonly those procured by purgative Medicines.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
At night they were thrown up, without producing any purgative effect.
"The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University" by Robert Peter
Purgatives are most valuable, but are not free from danger.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
The crimes of France demand purgation.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 359, September 1845" by Various
Gillet declares it deleterious and even dangerous in the raw state, constituting a very strong and drastic purgative.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
The active principle to which the oil owes its purgative properties has not been isolated.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
The dose is from two to three glasses daily, it is purgative when taken in a large quantity.
"Memoranda on Tours, Touraine and Central France." by J. H. Holdsworth
And the purgation should be made as pleasant as possible.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Concerning the action and potency of purgatives we shall speak elsewhere.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester

In poetry:

("If you would learn the woes that vex
Poor TANTALUS, down there,
Pray borrow of Papa an ex-
Purgated LEMPRIERE.)
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"We have passed through our purgation,
Once again we are thy kin;
God, accept our expiation,
Maiden pure of mortal sin."
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore