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cleanse

[klenz]
verb (used with object), cleansed, cleansing.
1.
to make clean.
2.
to remove by or as if by cleaning: to cleanse sin from the soul.
verb (used without object), cleansed, cleansing.
3.
to become clean.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English clensen, Old English clǣnsian, equivalent to clǣne clean + -si- v. suffix + -an infinitive suffix

cleansable, adjective
recleanse, verb (used with object), recleansed, recleansing.
uncleansable, adjective
uncleansed, adjective
well-cleansed, adjective

clean, cleanse (see synonym study at clean).


1. See clean.
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cleanse (klɛnz)
 
vb
1.  to remove dirt, filth, etc, from
2.  to remove guilt from
3.  to remove a group of people from (an area) by means of ethnic cleansing
 
[Old English clǣnsian; related to Middle Low German klēnsen; see clean]
 
'cleansable
 
adj

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cleanse
O.E. clænsian, from W.Gmc. *klainson, from *klainoz (see clean). Despite its modern spelling (16c.), it retains its M.E. pronunciation.
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