- 1.1Free someone from (an unwanted feeling, memory, etc.): his hatred was purgedMore example sentences
- It's a common theme in movies, the American who purges bad feelings by facing danger head on, and director Joe Johnston is clumsy with it.
- The hijackers used fanatical certainty, misplaced religious faith, and dehumanising hatred to purge themselves of the human instinct for empathy.
- The purpose of tragedy is catharsis, a powerful emotional experience in which the audience purges the emotions of pity and fear.
- 1.2Remove (a group of people considered undesirable) from an organization or place in an abrupt or violent way: he purged all but 26 of the central committee membersMore example sentences
- The film documents the fruit of the Nazi effort to transform human beings into vermin that must be purged as an act of self-defense.
- The Stalinist purges coincided with diplomatic efforts by the Soviet regime to form alliances with the Western bourgeois democracies against fascist Germany.
- Anti-Communist labor leaders were purging Communists from unions, and the labor press was losing its independence.
- 1.3Remove a group of undesirable people from (an organization or place) in an abrupt or violent way: an opportunity to purge the party of unsatisfactory membersMore example sentences
- She purged the Department of Education's top ranks of educators favoring a traditional pedagogical approach.
- My editorship came to a rather abrupt end after President John F. Kennedy purged the U.S. Civil War Commission's members and staff.
- He was purged from the Republican Clubs / The Workers' Party in 1979 as a ‘disruptive influence’.
- 1.4 Law Atone for or wipe out (contempt of court): he has a right to apply to the court to purge his contemptMore example sentences
- I make it plain it is open to you, Mr Rothschild, to apply to the court, in this court, to purge your contempt.
- But their joy turned to anger after the judge reduced the sentence after agreeing to purge the contempt of court conviction.
- The men were prepared to purge their contempt of court simultaneously with Shell collapsing its injunction against them.
- 2Physically remove (something) completely: a substance designed to purge impurities from the bodyMore example sentences
- Mill purged the text of almost all direct references to contemporary individuals, organizations, and institutions.
- Something badly needed to be done to purge the country of its weapons.
- Having widely publicised their plan to EPO test in Edmonton, the athletics body has provided drugs cheats the necessary time needed to purge their system of the blood-boosting substance.
- 2.1 [no object] Evacuate one’s bowels, especially as a result of taking a laxative: sufferers eat normally in summer but overeat and purge during winter (as noun purging) occasional binges are followed by self-induced purging or vomitingMore example sentences
- Although most bulimics purge by vomiting, abuse of laxatives or diuretics also occurs.
- Bulimics purge by vomiting, strict dieting, fasting (not eating), exercising, or by taking laxatives.
- Victims of the plague were treated by blood-letting, purging with laxatives and the lancing of the plague-boils.
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- 1An abrupt or violent removal of a group of people: the savagery of government’s political purgesMore example sentences
- The government's purges of the civil service, unions, police, and armed forces also weakened the party's potential for political action.
- I propose a purge of the party leadership.
- After the restoration of the absolute monarchy in 1814, Goya narrowly survived a purge.
Middle English (in the legal sense 'clear oneself of a charge'): from Old French purgier, from Latin purgare 'purify', from purus 'pure'.