verb (used with object), purged, purging.
to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.
to rid, clear, or free (usually followed by of or from ): to purge a political party of disloyal members.
to clear of imputed guilt or ritual uncleanliness.
to clear away or wipe out legally (an offense, accusation, etc.) by atonement or other suitable action.
to remove by cleansing or purifying (often followed by away, off, or out ).
to clear or empty (the bowels) by causing evacuation.
to cause evacuation of the bowels of (a person).
to put to death or otherwise eliminate (undesirable or unwanted members) from a political organization, government, nation, etc.
to drive off (undesirable gases) from a furnace or stove.
to free (a furnace or stove) of undesirable gases.
verb (used without object), purged, purging.
to become cleansed or purified.
to undergo or cause purging of the bowels.
the act or process of purging.
the removal or elimination of members of a political organization, government, nation, etc., who are considered disloyal or otherwise undesirable.
something that purges, as a purgative medicine or dose.

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English purgen < Old French purg(i)er < Latin pūrgāre to cleanse; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of the v.

purgeable, adjective
purger, noun
unpurgeable, adjective
unpurged, adjective

8. oust, liquidate, extirpate.
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purge (pɜːdʒ)
1.  (tr) to rid (something) of (impure or undesirable elements)
2.  (tr) to rid (a state, political party, etc) of (dissident or troublesome people)
3.  (tr)
 a.  to empty (the bowels) by evacuation of faeces
 b.  to cause (a person) to evacuate his bowels
4.  a.  to clear (a person) of a charge
 b.  to free (oneself) of guilt, as by atonement: to purge contempt
5.  (intr) to be cleansed or purified
6.  the act or process of purging
7.  the elimination of opponents or dissidents from a state, political party, etc
8.  a purgative drug or agent; cathartic
[C14: from Old French purger, from Latin pūrgāre to purify]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. purgier (12c.), from L. purgare "cleanse, purify," from Old L. purigare, from purus "pure" (see pure) + root of agere "to drive, make" (see act). The noun is recorded from 1560s.
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purge (pûrj)
v. purged, purg·ing, purg·es
To cause evacuation of the bowels. n.

  1. The act or process of purging.

  2. Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.

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Example sentences
The hypocrisy of last year's purge of long-term faculty is now obvious,
  especially to students.
Once you have clamped it shut, nothing will get inside except for air, via a
  small purge valve that equalizes pressure.
In a vast purge, he exiled or fired many of them, leaving wounds that remain
  tender to this day.
He has announced a purge of the ranks of the police.
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