|1.||(tr) to rid (something) of (impure or undesirable elements)|
|2.||(tr) to rid (a state, political party, etc) of (dissident or troublesome people)|
|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]|
v. purged, purg·ing, purg·es
To cause evacuation of the bowels. n.
The act or process of purging.
Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.