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PURGE, verb transitive purj. [Latin purgo.]

1. To cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign or superfluous; as, to purge the body by evacuation; to purge the Augean stable. It is followed by away, of, or off. We say, to purge away or to purge off filth, and to purge a liquor of its scum.

2. To clear from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purge one of guilt or crime; to purge away sin.

PURGE away our sins, for thy name's sake. Psalms 79:9.

PURGE me with hyssop and I shall be clean. Psalms 51:7.

3. To clear from accusation or the charge of a crime, as in ordeal.

4. To remove what is offensive; to sweep away impurities. Ezekiel 20:38.

5. To clarify; to defecate; as liquors.

PURGE, verb intransitive To become pure by clarification.

1. To have frequent or preternatural evacuations by stool.

PURGE, noun A medicine that evacuates the body by stool; a cathartic.