What does purge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purge, purging, purgationnoun

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

  2. purge, purgingnoun

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

  3. purgeverb

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

    "he died in a purge by Stalin"

  4. purgeverb

    oust politically

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

  5. purgeverb

    clear of a charge

  6. purify, purge, sanctifyverb

    make pure or free from sin or guilt

    "he left the monastery purified"

  7. purgeverb

    rid of impurities

    "purge the water"; "purge your mind"

  8. flush, scour, purgeverb

    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 upverb

    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. purgeverb

    excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body)

    "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"


  1. purgenoun

    An act of purging

  2. purgenoun

    An evacuation of the bowels or a vomiting.

  3. purgenoun

    A cleansing of pipes.

  4. purgenoun

    A forcible removal of people from political activity.

    Stalin liked to ensure that his purges were not reversible.

  5. purgenoun

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


  6. purgeverb

    to clean thoroughly; to cleanse; to rid of impurities

  7. purgeverb

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

  8. purgeverb

    to void the bowels; to vomit.

  9. purgeverb

    to clear of a charge, suspicion, or imputation

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Purgenoun

    A cathartick medicine; a medicine that evacuates the body by stool.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Meet we the med’cine of the sickly weal,
    And with him pour we in our country’s purge
    Each drop of us. William Shakespeare.

    Pills nor laxatives I like;
    Of these his gain the sharp physician makes,
    And often gives a purge, but seldom takes. Dryden.

    He was no great friend to purging and clisters; he was for mixing aloes with all purges. Arbuthnot.

  2. To PURGEverb

    Etymology: purger, Fr. purgo, Lat.

    It will be like that labour of Hercules, in purging the stable of Augeas, to separate from superstitious observations any thing that is clean and pure natural. Francis Bacon.

    To the English court assemble now
    From ev’ry region apes of idleness;
    Now neighbour confines purge you of your scum. William Shakespeare.

    Air ventilates and cools the mines, and purges and frees them from mineral exhalations. John Woodward.

    Blood hath been shed ere now, i’ th’ olden time
    Ere human statute purg’d the gen’ral weal. William Shakespeare.

    My soul is purg’d from grudging hate;
    And with my hand I seal my true heart’s love. William Shakespeare.

    The blood of Christ shall purge our conscience from dead works to serve God. Heb. ix. 14.

    Syphax, we’ll join our cares to purge away
    Our country’s crimes, and clear her reputation. Addison.

    He, I accuse,
    Intends t’ appear before the people, hoping
    To purge himself with words. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Marquis Dorset was hasting towards him, to purge himself of some accusation. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    I will purge out from among you the rebels. Ezek. xx. 38.

    Simplicity and integrity in the inward parts, may purge out every prejudice and passion. Decay of Piety.

    Sir Philip Calthrop purged John Drakes, the shoemaker of Norwich, of the proud humour. William Camden, Remains.

    The frequent and wise use of emaciating diets, and of purgings, is a principal means of a prolongation of life. Francis Bacon.

    If he was not cured, he purged him with salt water. Arbuthnot.

  3. To Purgeverb

    To have frequent stools.


  1. Purge

    In history, religion and political science, a purge is a position removal or execution of people who are considered undesirable by those in power from a government, another organization, their team leaders, or society as a whole. A group undertaking such an effort is labeled as purging itself. Purges can be either nonviolent or violent, with the former often resolved by the simple removal of those who have been purged from office, and the latter often resolved by the imprisonment, exile, or murder of those who have been purged.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purgeverb

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

  2. Purgeverb

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

  3. Purgeverb

    to clarify; to defecate, as liquors

  4. Purgeverb

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

  5. Purgeverb

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

  6. Purgeverb

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

  7. Purgeverb

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

  8. Purgeverb

    to become pure, as by clarification

  9. Purgeverb

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

  10. Purgeverb

    the act of purging

  11. Purgeverb

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

  12. Etymology: [F. purger, L. purgare; purus pure + agere to make, to do. See Pure, and Agent.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purge

    purj, v.t. to make pure: to carry off whatever is impure or superfluous: to clear from guilt or from accusation: to evacuate, as the bowels: to trim, dress, prune: to clarify, as liquors.—v.i. to become pure by clarifying: to have frequent evacuations.—n. act of purging: a medicine that purges.—n. Purgā′tion, a purging: a clearing away of impurities: (law) the act of clearing from suspicion or imputation of guilt, a cleansing.—adj. Pur′gative, cleansing: having the power of evacuating the intestines.—n. a medicine that evacuates.—adv. Pur′gatively.—adjs. Purgatō′rial, Purgatō′rian, pertaining to purgatory; Pur′gatory, purging or cleansing: expiatory.—n. (R.C.) a place or state in which souls are after death purified from venial sins: any kind or state of suffering for a time.—ns. Pur′ger, a person or thing that purges; Pur′ging, act of cleansing or clearing. [Fr. purger—L. purgāre, -ātumpurus, pure, agĕre, to do.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purge in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of purge in a Sentence

  1. Nathan Gonzales:

    Democrats took 2016 for granted and didn't believe he could be elected president, but after four years of Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Democratic donors are determined to make sure that he doesn't get a second term, and they are trying to purge Senate Republicans as possible.

  2. Jacqueline Robinson:

    They're essentially the marine equivalent of an island species, the vaquitas' naturally low abundance has allowed them to gradually purge highly deleterious recessive gene variants that might negatively affect their health under inbreeding.

  3. Richard Spencer:

    There is a great purge going on and they are purging people on the basis of their views.

  4. Lauren Groh-Wargo:

    The Court today declined to issue an injunction on the purge, but expressed that it has a 'serious concern that there needs to be an immediate and accurate interpretation by the state court of HB 316', we share this concern and are exploring additional legal options.

  5. Proverb:

    Doctors purge the body, ministers the conscience, lawyers the purse.

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