Definitions for purgepɜrdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

purgepɜrdʒ(v.; n.)purged, purg•ing

  1. (v.t.)to rid of impurities; cleanse; purify.

  2. to rid, clear, or free:

    to purge a political party of disloyal members.

  3. to clear of imputed guilt.

  4. to remove by cleansing or purifying.

  5. to clear or empty (the stomach or intestines) by inducing vomiting or evacuation.

    Category: Medicine

  6. to eliminate (undesirable members) from a government, political organization, etc.

  7. (v.i.)to become cleansed or purified.

  8. to undergo or cause emptying of the stomach or intestines.

    Category: Medicine

  9. (n.)the act or process of purging.

  10. the removal or elimination of members of a political organization, government, etc., considered disloyal or otherwise undesirable, often in a summary or violent manner.

  11. something that purges, as a purgative medicine.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of purge:

1250–1300; (v.) ME < OF purg(i)er < L pūrgāre to refine, clean, purge


Princeton's WordNet

  1. purge, purging, purgation(noun)

    the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge

  2. purge, purging(noun)

    an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements

  3. purge(verb)

    an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place

    "he died in a purge by Stalin"

  4. purge(verb)

    oust politically

    "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"

  5. purge(verb)

    clear of a charge

  6. purify, purge, sanctify(verb)

    make pure or free from sin or guilt

    "he left the monastery purified"

  7. purge(verb)

    rid of impurities

    "purge the water"; "purge your mind"

  8. flush, scour, purge(verb)

    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

    "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"

  9. vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up(verb)

    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

    "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"

  10. purge(verb)

    excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body)

    "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"


  1. purge(Noun)

    An act of purging

  2. purge(Noun)

    An evacuation of the bowels or a vomiting.

  3. purge(Noun)

    A cleansing of pipes.

  4. purge(Noun)

    A forcible removal of people from political activity.

    Stalin liked to ensure that his purges were not reversible.

  5. purge(Noun)

    That which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic.


  6. purge(Verb)

    to clean thoroughly; to cleanse; to rid of impurities

  7. purge(Verb)

    to free from sin, guilt, or the burden or responsibility of misdeeds

  8. purge(Verb)

    to void the bowels; to vomit.

  9. purge(Verb)

    to clear of a charge, suspicion, or imputation

  10. Origin: From purgen, from purger, from Latin purgare, from purus + agere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purge(verb)

    to cleanse, clear, or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign, or superfluous

  2. Purge(verb)

    to operate on as, or by means of, a cathartic medicine, or in a similar manner

  3. Purge(verb)

    to clarify; to defecate, as liquors

  4. Purge(verb)

    to clear of sediment, as a boiler, or of air, as a steam pipe, by driving off or permitting escape

  5. Purge(verb)

    to clear from guilt, or from moral or ceremonial defilement; as, to purge one of guilt or crime

  6. Purge(verb)

    to clear from accusation, or the charge of a crime or misdemeanor, as by oath or in ordeal

  7. Purge(verb)

    to remove in cleansing; to deterge; to wash away; -- often followed by away

  8. Purge(verb)

    to become pure, as by clarification

  9. Purge(verb)

    to have or produce frequent evacuations from the intestines, as by means of a cathartic

  10. Purge(verb)

    the act of purging

  11. Purge(verb)

    that which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic


  1. Purge

    In history, religion, and political science, a purge is the removal of people who are considered undesirable by those in power from a government, from another organization, from their team owners, or from society as a whole. Purges can be peaceful or violent; many will end with the imprisonment or exile of those purged, but in some cases they will simply be removed from office. Restoring people who have been purged is known as rehabilitation.

Translations for purge

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to make (something) clean by clearing it of everything that is bad, not wanted etc.

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