• WordNet 3.6
    • adj purging serving to purge or rid of sin "purgatorial rites"
    • n purging an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
    • n purging the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Purging That purges; cleansing.
    • n Purging (Med) The act of cleansing; excessive evacuations; especially, diarrhea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n purging Any purifying process.
    • n purging A diarrhea or dysentery; looseness of the bowels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Purging act of cleansing or clearing
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  • John Mason Brown
    John Mason Brown
    “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. purger—L. purgāre, -ātumpurus, pure, agĕre, to do.


In literature:

To purge away these impurities nothing is needed but quickened intelligence, a keener spiritual flame.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
When the remains of sin shall be purged away, there will be no more darkness, fear or horror.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
No drastic purges, no violent exercises, especially at first, and not too frequent nor prolonged Turkish baths.
"Diet and Health" by Lulu Hunt Peters
If otherwise, the convention can be again purged and the correct result established.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
He therefore undertook to subdue it by purging and bleeding the patient, and succeeded.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
At the next island they went ashore and offered sacrifices, and Orpheus purged them from their guilt.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
I'm goin' to lif' that spell ef I has to purge my immortal soul to do it.
"Miss Mink's Soldier and Other Stories" by Alice Hegan Rice
Depression is the purge of business.
"Success (Second Edition)" by Max Aitken Beaverbrook
She has come with a winnowing fan in her hand, and she will not stop till she has thoroughly purged her floor.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
The Far East purged Buddhism of much of its pessimism.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot

In poetry:

A hope so much divine
May trials well endure;
May purge our souls from sense and sin,
As Christ the Lord is pure.
"Hymn 64" by Isaac Watts
Graciously in me renew
Thy good Spirit right and true,
Purging every taint of sin,
Clean without, and pure within.
"A Morning Hymn" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
What is fairer then a rose?
What is sweeter? yet it purgeth.
Purgings enmitie disclose,
Enmitie forbearance urgeth.
"The Rose" by George Herbert
Be it thine, O spirit,
The world of sense and thought to exalt with light;
Purge away blindness,
Terror and all unkindness.
"Imagination" by John Freeman
Was it some elfin euphrasy
That purged his spirit so that there
Blue harebells, by those ways that be,
Seemed summoning to prayer?
"Days And Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein
"This record I will bear
To the dim chambers of eternity--
The chain and charter I have lived to see
Purged by the cannon's prayer;
"To The Old Year—1865" by Mary Baker Eddy

In news:

Originally there were eight, however during the 'Purge of 1917' (when the government revised the rules for the award and disqualified 911 recipients) these eight had their honor rescinded.
Students cram for a test, then regardless of the outcome purge their brains to cram for the next.
Either you're slinging Converse across your closet like it's 8th grade again, or you're purging everything in your closet that isn't from Alex Wang.
In the wake of this purge, we should all ask: In a country unlikely to abandon the two-party system, what good does partisan purity serve.
Wilmont stands by the purge.
The Miami Marlins' spending spree a year ago didn't work, so now they're trying another payroll purge.
Who do you think is trying to keep the poor and disabled from voting with voter purges.
Potatoes, poison and purging our puppy.
Lundy Khoy Barely Escaped Pol Pot 's Purge.
I recently learned that the first rule of getting organized is to Purge .
Why Apple's Porn Purge is a Smart Move.
Purge light offers portable wide area task lighting.
The other two states conducting similar voter purges are Colorado and New Mexico, which, like Florida, are swing states with large Hispanic populations.
Voter purge might break laws.
In an agreement reached in response to the Travis County lawsuit, targeted voters were told they will not be purged unless their deaths are confirmed.

In science:

If we want to address the problem of the arrow of time from a perspective purged of our temporal intuitions, we must avoid the conclusions derived from subtly presupposing time-asymmetric notions.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
Periodically, these patterns are evaluated in terms the principles of minimum length encoding and the repository of Old patterns may be purged of patterns that are least useful in those terms.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
As discussed in §3.2, we have reexamined the B05 central image identifications, purged those which do not fit well with the rest, and identified a new central image candidate (28c) which we include in our model.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
As a consequence, reducing w0 with the aim of purging illegitimate coincidences, actually achieves just the opposite.
A "Spoof Loophole" Contra Nonlocality
The cl_rm is then issued to purge the ps_output files from each of the cluster nodes.
Cluster Computing White Paper