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Wordnet 3.0


1. serving to purge or rid of sin;
- Example: "purgatorial rites"
[syn: purgatorial, purging, purifying]

2. freeing from noxious matter;
- Example: "filtration is a purifying agent"

3. acting like an antiseptic;
[syn: cleansing, purifying]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purify \Pu"ri*fy\ (p[=u]"r[i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purified (p[=u]"r[i^]*f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Purifying (p[=u]"r[i^]*f[imac]"[i^]ng).] [F. purifier, L. purificare; purus pure + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Pure, and -fy.] 1. To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart. [1913 Webster] And fit them so Purified to receive him pure. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) To free from ceremonial or legal defilement. [1913 Webster] And Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, . . . and purified the altar. --Lev. viii. 15. [1913 Webster] Purify both yourselves and your captives. -- Num. xxxi. 19. [1913 Webster] (c) To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language. --Sprat. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

purifying adj 1: serving to purge or rid of sin; "purgatorial rites" [syn: purgatorial, purging, purifying] 2: freeing from noxious matter; "filtration is a purifying agent" [ant: adulterant, adulterating] 3: acting like an antiseptic [syn: cleansing, purifying]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "purifying": abstergent, apologetic, ascetic, atoning, cathartic, cleaning, cleansing, compensational, compensatory, depurative, detergent, diuretic, emetic, expiatory, expurgatory, lustral, lustrational, lustrative, penitential, piacular, propitiatory, purgative, purgatorial, purging, purificatory, reclamatory, recompensing, redeeming, redemptive, redressing, reparative, reparatory, repentant, repenting, restitutional, restitutive, restitutory, righting, satisfactional, squaring