from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of purging or purifying.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of purging, especially by the use of a purgative
- n. cleansing from sin or guilt
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of purging; the act of clearing, cleansing, or putifying, by separating and carrying off impurities, or whatever is superfluous; the evacuation of the bowels.
- n. The clearing of one's self from a crime of which one was publicly suspected and accused. It was either canonical, which was prescribed by the canon law, the form whereof used in the spiritual court was, that the person suspected take his oath that he was clear of the matter objected against him, and bring his honest neighbors with him to make oath that they believes he swore truly; or vulgar, which was by fire or water ordeal, or by combat. See Ordeal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of purging; clearing, cleansing, or purifying by separating and carrying away impurities or whatever is extraneous or superfluous; purification; specifically, evacuation of the intestines by purgatives.
- n. The act of cleansing from the imputation of guilt; specifically, in old law, the clearing of one's self from a crime of which one has been publicly suspected and accused.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
- n. a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites
- n. the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
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