I. verb (purged; purging) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French purger, from Latin purigare, purgare to purify, purge, from purus pure + -igare (akin to agere to drive, do) — more at act Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to clear of guilt b. to free from moral or ceremonial defilement 2. a. to cause evacuation from (as the bowels) b. (1) to make free of something unwanted <
purge a manhole of gas
purge yourself of fear
(2) to free (as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleeding c. (1) to rid (as a nation or party) by a purge (2) to get rid of <
the leaders had been purged
intransitive verb 1. to become purged 2. to have or produce frequent evacuations 3. to cause purgation • purger noun II. noun Date: 1563 1. something that purges; especially purgative 2. a. an act or instance of purging b. the removal of elements or members regarded as undesirable and especially as treacherous or disloyal

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