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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

  12. Origin: [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. Proverb:

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

  2. Richard Spencer:

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

  3. Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy:

    The death penalty has become the favorite tool for the Egyptian authorities to purge the political opposition.

  4. Dianne Feinstein:

    The purge of senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security is unprecedented and a threat to our national security.

  5. Omar Rivera:

    This is a step toward the restructuring and purge needed to have a clean police force, unassociated in any way with organized crime.

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