purgation

[ pur-gey-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF purgation
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Thus we have made a purgation of music, and will now make a purgation of metres.

Fra Battista was to stand on the rood-step to make his purgation.

This way of Purgation is of the same nature with the old Ordeals of the Pagans.

What is understood by ‘purgation’ is not simply a mere form of words.

But apparently when you are put to your purgation it is most emphatically otherwise.

Purgation may be present, and in some instances the whole of the hair has fallen off.

The bowels also should be regulated; but purgation is not to be desired.

But it became more than purgation soon, and her mood approached despair.

This was her purgation for the sin of making them the slaves of her ambition.

This annual purgation of society, is perhaps another blessing of a tropical country.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "purification from sin," also "discharge of waste," from Old French purgacion "a cleansing," medical or spiritual (12c., Modern French purgation) and directly from Latin purgationem (nominative purgatio) "a cleansing, purging," figuratively "an apology, justification," noun of action from past participle stem of purgare (see purge (v.)).

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