[pur-guh-tiv] /ˈpɜr gə tɪv/
or cleansing, especially by causing evacuation of the bowels.
a purgative medicine or agent; cathartic.
a drug or agent for purging the bowels
causing evacuation of the bowels; cathartic
late 14c., from Old French purgatif (14c.) and directly from Late Latin purgativus, from purgat-, past participle stem of Latin purgare (see purge (v.)). The noun is attested from early 15c. (Old English medical texts have clænsungdrenc).
purgative pur·ga·tive (pûr’gə-tĭv)
An agent used for purging the bowels. adj.
Tending to cause evacuation of the bowels.
[pur-guh-twahr, ‐tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /ˈpɜr gəˌtwɑr, ‐ˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/ noun 1. a river in SE Colorado, flowing NE to the Arkansas River. 186 miles (299 km) long.
[pur-guh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpɜr gəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ adjective 1. removing or sin; expiatory: purgatorial rites. 2. of, relating to, or like . /ˌpɜːɡəˈtɔːrɪəl/ adjective 1. serving to purify from sin 2. of, relating to, or like purgatory
[pur-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈpɜr gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ noun, plural purgatories. 1. (in the belief of Roman Catholics and others) a condition or place in which the souls of those dying penitent are purified from venial sins, or undergo the temporal punishment that, after the guilt of mortal sin has been remitted, still remains to be […]
[purj] /pɜrdʒ/ verb (used with object), purged, purging. 1. to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify. 2. to rid, clear, or free (usually followed by of or from): to purge a political party of disloyal members. 3. to clear of imputed guilt or ritual uncleanliness. 4. to clear away or wipe out […]