c.1300, "free from spiritual pollution," from O.Fr. purifier
(12c.), from L. purificare
"to make pure," from purus
"pure" (see pure
) + root of facere
"to make" (see factitious
). Meaning "free from extraneous matter" is recorded from c.1440. Purification
first attested c.1380; in ref. to Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, from 1389.