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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any purifying process.
  • noun A diarrhea or dysentery; looseness of the bowels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective That purges; cleansing.
  • adjective (Bot.) an annual European plant of the genus Linum (Linum catharticum); dwarf wild flax; -- so called from its use as a cathartic medicine.
  • noun (Med.) The act of cleansing; excessive evacuations; especially, diarrhea.

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  • verb Present participle of purge.

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

  • adjective serving to purge or rid of sin
  • noun an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
  • noun the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge

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