• WordNet 3.6
    • v cleanse clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing "clean up before you see your grandparents","clean your fingernails before dinner"
    • v cleanse purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins "Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Cleanse klĕnz To render clean; to free from fith, pollution, infection, guilt, etc.; to clean. "If we walk in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin.""Can'st thou not minister to a mind diseased,
      And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the suffed bosom of that perilous stuff
      Which weighs upon the heart?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cleanse To make clean; free from filth, impurity, infection, or, in general, from whatever is polluting, noxious, or offensive.
    • cleanse To free from moral impurity or guilt.
    • cleanse To remove; wash or purge away.
    • cleanse In calico-printing, to render (the undyed parts) white and clean by removing the excess of mordant from them by immersion in a bath of cow-dung and warm water, or in some artificial substitute; to dung.
    • cleanse In brewing, to remove the yeast from (the beer). Synonyms Clean, Cleanse. See clean.
    • cleanse To become clean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cleanse klenz to make clean or pure
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  • John H. Aughey
    John H. Aughey
    “God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.”
  • Harriet Rochlin
    Harriet Rochlin
    “Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sorrow is the rust of the soul and activity will cleanse and brighten it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. clǣnsian, fr. clǣne, clean. See Clean


In literature:

The doors of perception are cleansed, and everything appears as it is.
"Practical Mysticism" by Evelyn Underhill
Pearlash and Water for cleansing Lamps.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
And it is the discipline of pain alone that has any cleansing power.
"The Life of the Waiting Soul in the Intermediate State" by R. E. Sanderson
Need not, Varus, the streets of Rome a cleansing river to purify them?
"Aurelian" by William Ware
But cleansing is only possible when we have first been broken before God on the point concerned.
"The Calvary Road" by Roy Hession
The head, feet, and wings, are then torn off, the bodies cleansed from the salt, and perfectly dried.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
While this thorough method of cleansing will take time and pains, it will pay in the long run.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Fry them in oyl and butter, being finely cleansed, and serve them with butter, vinegar, and pepper, or oyl, vinegar, and pepper.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
And fire is our supreme minister of cleansing.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Much can be done, however, by careful cleansing of the feet and legs as soon as the animal returns from work.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

Upon my mind
Turn thy pure lens;
Naught shalt thou find
Thou canst not cleanse.
"Confessional" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
When cleansed from all pollution,
From sin and sorrow free,
I, with unclouded vision,
My Saviour God may see.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Wash off my foul offense,
And cleanse me from my sin;
For I confess my crimes, and see
How great my guilt has been.
"Have mercy, Lord, on me," by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Warn me of every sin,
Forgive my secret faults,
And cleanse this guilty soul of mine,
Whose crimes exceed my thoughts.
"Psalm 19 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Grant, Lord, my soul's desire,
Deep waves of cleansing sighs;
Grant, Lord, my soul's desire
From earthly cares to rise.
"The Soul's Desire" by Anonymous Irish
And so my Pete was taken home—
My pretty piccaninny!
And, not to speak of soap or comb,
His cleansing cost a guinea.
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Or you can take a proactive approach, and have your house blessed or cleansed of negative energy before you move in.
Abbas accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing .
Palestinians' Abbas accuses Israel of "ethnic cleansing ".
Abbas Repeats Accusation That Israel Is Waging 'Campaign Of Ethnic Cleansing '.
It couldn't be as bad as a colonic cleanse .
Ask the people who are buying up the colonic cleanse treatments.
The Cleansing of Mahommed by Chris McCourt Fourth Estate $34.99.
Book cover of The Cleansing of Mahommed, a highly recommended novel written by Chris McCourt.
Syria's Assad calls civil war a ' cleansing '.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called that country's bloody civil war a " cleansing " during a rare TV appearance today.
" Most popular among male en masse cleansers: the Excavation cleanse , described on the Web site as "the most intense.".
Office cleanses are rarely corporate sponsored, subsidized or sanctioned.
Pond's Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes.
Cleansing Debate Heats Up.
Cleansing Of Secret Service Continues.

In science:

The first usage (also known as data cleansing) is important when the analysis carried on the data is not robust.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
In this paper, we investigate a simple model of cleansing and amplifying outliers in wireless sensor networks.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
CONCLU S ION In this paper, we explored cascade dynamics in thresholdcontrolled (multiplex) propagation on random geometric networks as a simple yet effective model of outliers cleansing and amplifying in wireless sensor networks.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
The multi-epoch analysis of SDSS photometry in Sesar et al. (2007) indicates that fewer than 5% of the ob jects in the main stellar locus exhibit variability with ∆g > 0.05 mag. A sigma-clipped iterative analysis of multi-epoch photometry should be able to produce a cleansed standard stellar locus.
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
Consciences cleansed, we proceed to the usual assortment of um-provokers.
Astrophysics in 2005