from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of cleansing or purifying.
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- n. The act or process of purifying; the removal of impurities.
- n. A religious act in which a defiled person is made clean or free from sin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of purifying; the act or operation of separating and removing from anything that which is impure or noxious, or heterogeneous or foreign to it.
- n. The act or operation of cleansing ceremonially, by removing any pollution or defilement.
- n. A cleansing from guilt or the pollution of sin; the extinction of sinful desires, appetites, and inclinations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of purifying; the act of freeing from impurities, or from whatever is heterogeneous or foreign: as, the purification of liquors or of metals.
- n. The act or process of cleansing ceremonially; a ritual observance by which the person or thing subjected to it is cleansed from a ceremonial uncleanness, as a symbol of a spiritual cleansing.
- n. A cleansing of the soul from guilt; the extinguishment of evil desire as something which does not belong to the children of God.
- n. In the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the pouring of wine into the chalice to rinse it after communion, the wine being then drunk by the priest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
- n. the act of cleaning by getting rid of impurities
- n. a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites
- n. the act of purging of sin or guilt; moral or spiritual cleansing
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During the 5th century BC, the Athenians organized what they called a purification law for the island, forbidding the burials of the dead on it.
As far as the church's purification is concerned, Benedict has already been cleaning house, accepting the resignations of a few bishops in recent weeks who either admitted they sexually abused youngsters or covered up for priests who did.
Killing in the name of “liberty” and purification is the end-game for these psychotics.
I see natural selection playing a significant role in purification, conservation, population balancing and fine tuning.
The alleged client of the purification is given vitamin B3 (niacin), which helps to decrease cholesterol and boost circulation.
Having graduated from Riga Polytechnic, he was an engineer engaged in purification of water and had a number of patents.
I began to learn methods of protein purification and X-ray crystallography while still at Harvard, initially working with channel toxins and a small soluble protein called a PDZ domain.
Believer in purification through water (as a mystic rite), and not through sacrifice by fire.
Upon that point there will probably be little difference of opinion, but upon the means whereby the required purification is to be effected there will be great diversity of sentiment.
As in the temple there was a great vessel of brass filled with water, in which the priests were to wash when they went to minister before the Lord (and this was called a sea), so in the gospel church the sea or laver for purification is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, who cleanses from all sin, even from sanctuary-sins.