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Meaning of PURGATORY

Pronunciation:  'purguturee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (theology) a place where Roman Catholics think those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins
  2. [n]  a temporary condition of torment or suffering; "a purgatory of drug abuse"

PURGATORY is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: imaginary place, situation, state of affairs



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pur"ga*to*ry\, a. [L. purgatorius.]
    Tending to cleanse; cleansing; expiatory. --Burke.
  2. \Pur"ga*to*ry\, n. [Cf. F. purgatoire.]
    A state or place of purification after death; according to
    the Roman Catholic creed, a place, or a state believed to
    exist after death, in which the souls of persons are purified
    by expiating such offenses committed in this life as do not
    merit eternal damnation, or in which they fully satisfy the
    justice of God for sins that have been forgiven. After this
    purgation from the impurities of sin, the souls are believed
    to be received into heaven.