Definitions for: Purge


[n] an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
[n] the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
[v] excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body); "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"
[v] 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"
[v] rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid; "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"
[v] rid of impurities; "purge the water"; "purge your mind"
[v] make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery purified"
[v] clear of a charge
[v] oust politically; "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"



Webster (1913) Definition: Purge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Purging.] [F. purger, L. purgare; purus pure + agere to
make, to do. See Pure, and Agent.]
1. To cleanse, clear, or purify by separating and carrying
off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign, or
superfluous. ``Till fire purge all things new.'' --Milton.

2. (Med.) To operate on as, or by means of, a cathartic
medicine, or in a similar manner.

3. To clarify; to defecate, as liquors.

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

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

When that he hath purged you from sin. --Chaucer.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. --Ps.
li. 7.

6. (Law) To clear from accusation, or the charge of a crime
or misdemeanor, as by oath or in ordeal.

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

Purge away our sins, for thy name's sake. --Ps.
lxxix. 9.

We 'll join our cares to purge away Our country's
crimes. --Addison.


Purge, v. i.
1. To become pure, as by clarification.

2. To have or produce frequent evacuations from the
intestines, as by means of a cathartic.


Purge, n. [Cf. F. purge. See Purge, v. t.]
1. The act of purging.

The preparative for the purge of paganism of the
kingdom of Northumberland. --Fuller.

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

Synonyms: barf, be sick, cast, cat, chuck, disgorge, flush, honk, puke, purging, regorge, regurgitate, retch, sanctify, scour, sick, spew, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up

Antonyms: keep down, rehabilitate

See Also: abreaction, acquit, alter, assoil, catharsis, change, cleaning, cleansing, cleanup, clear, clearing, colonic, colonic irrigation, discharge, distill, egest, eliminate, empty, evacuate, excrete, exculpate, exonerate, harass, high colonic, katharsis, lustrate, make pure, oppress, pass, persecute, purgation, purification, purify, rinse, rinse off, spiritualise, spiritualize, sublimate, void

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