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purify

[pyoo r-uh-fahy] /ˈpyʊər əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), purified, purifying.
1.
to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates:
to purify metals.
2.
to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements:
to purify a language.
3.
to free from guilt or evil.
4.
to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from).
5.
to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use.
verb (used without object), purified, purifying.
6.
to become pure.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English purifien < Middle French purifier < Latin pūrificāre. See pure, -ify
Related forms
purification, noun
purificatory
[pyoo-rif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pyʊˈrɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
purifier, noun
nonpurification, noun
nonpurifying, adjective
repurification, noun
repurify, verb, repurified, repurifying.
self-purifying, adjective
unpurified, adjective
unpurifying, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for purificatory

purify

/ˈpjʊərɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to free (something) of extraneous, contaminating, or debasing matter
2.
(transitive) to free (a person, etc) from sin or guilt
3.
(transitive) to make clean, as in a ritual, esp the churching of women after childbirth
Derived Forms
purification, noun
purificatory (ˈpjʊərɪfɪˌkeɪtərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French purifier, from Late Latin pūrificāre to cleanse, from pūrus pure + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for purificatory

purify

v.

early 14c., "free from spiritual pollution," from Old French purefier "purify, cleanse, refine" (12c.), from Latin purificare "to make pure," from purus "pure" (see pure) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "free from extraneous matter" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Purified; purifying.

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