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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving to purify of sin; expiatory.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling purgatory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling purgatory
  • adj. That purifies by removing sin; expiatory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to purgatory; expiatory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to purgatory; expiatory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or resembling purgatory
  • adj. serving to purge or rid of sin


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  • There is no reference to anything in the nature of what Roman Catholics call purgatorial fires.

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  • These characters wander through a world strewn with trash and wreckage, and many of them present themselves to Franz as suicides, suggesting that he's in some kind of purgatorial limbo for lost souls both the gangster boss Pums and Franz's discarded girlfriend Fränze tell him that they've committed suicide.

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  • Now Lucifer (Ray Wise, who played Laura Palmer's killer dad on "Twin Peaks") is here to collect, and he wants Sam to take on a second job as a kind of purgatorial bounty hunter: Sam's task is to hunt down escapees from hell.

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  • A common view is that this "purgatorial" version of Gehinnom lasts no longer than twelve months.

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  • Now Lucifer (Ray Wise, who played Laura Palmer’s killer dad on “Twin Peaks”) is here to collect, and he wants Sam to take on a second job as a kind of purgatorial bounty hunter: Sam’s task is to hunt down escapees from hell.

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  • Seven law lords ruled last week against attempts by administrators for Lehman Brothers to recover funds paid out to several creditors under a lending arrangement of purgatorial complexity called the "Dante Programme".

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  • There's the ancient paterfamilias who won't even think of retiring, leaving Rick rather like Prince Charles, were he brokering jetsam in Vegas in a purgatorial wait for unambiguous control of the enterprise.

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  • There were about ten of us in the theater, and that included me and three friends, who wished to accompany me on the minor purgatorial journey, if only to see a stern Tom Hanks working in anti-laconic fashion to save a CGI-constructed Vatican from destruction by an antimatter bomb.


  • This lends the movie a feeling of purgatorial entrapment.

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  • But we only need to look at Israel's attempt to maintain absolute enforcement of its border in Gaza while neglecting the larger issue of Palestine's integrity as a state to see the end result of what comes from such middling, purgatorial measures.

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