Purgation Pur*ga"tion, n. [L. purgatio: cf. F. purgation. See {Purge}.] 1. The act of purging; the act of clearing, cleansing, or putifying, by separating and carrying off impurities, or whatever is superfluous; the evacuation of the bowels. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) The clearing of one's self from a crime of which one was publicly suspected and accused. It was either canonical, which was prescribed by the canon law, the form whereof used in the spiritual court was, that the person suspected take his oath that he was clear of the matter objected against him, and bring his honest neighbors with him to make oath that they believes he swore truly; or vulgar, which was by fire or water ordeal, or by combat. See {Ordeal}. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

Let him put me to my purgation. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • purgation — Purgation. subst. f. Evacuation par le moyen d un remede qui purge. Il se porte beaucoup mieux depuis sa purgation. la purgation est necessaire aux personnes repletes. Il se prend plus ordinairement pour le Remede dont on se purge. On luy a donné …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • purgation — pur·ga·tion /pər gā shən/ n: the act or the result of purging Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. purgation …   Law dictionary

  • Purgation — (v. lat. Purgatio), 1) Reinigung von Schmutz; 2) Reinigung innerer Theile, wie P. alvi, Abführen, s. Abführende Mittel; P. menstrua, Menstruation; 3) Reinigung vom Verdacht, Entschuldigung; daher P. canonĭca, die Reinigung von einem, auf einem… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • purgation — [pʉr gā′shən] n. [ME purgacion < OFr < L purgatio] the act of purging …   English World dictionary

  • PURGATION — s. f. Évacuation par le moyen d un remède qui purge. Il se porte beaucoup mieux depuis sa purgation. La purgation est nécessaire aux personnes replètes.   Il signifie plus ordinairement, Le remède que l on prend pour se purger. On lui a donné une …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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