1. [syn: cleanse, clean]
2. purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins;
- Example: "Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cleanse \Cleanse\ (kl[e^]nz), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cleansed
(kl[e^]nzd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cleansing.] [AS. cl[=ae]nsian,
fr. cl[=ae]ne clean. See Clean.]
To render clean; to free from fith, pollution, infection,
guilt, etc.; to clean.
If we walk in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ
his son cleanseth us from all sin. --1 John i. 7.
Can'st thou not minister to a mind diseased,
And with some sweet oblivious antidote
Cleanse the suffed bosom of that perilous stuff
Which weighs upon the heart? --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up
before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails
before dinner" [syn: cleanse, clean]
2: purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins; "Purgatory is
supposed to cleanse you from your sins"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
63 Moby Thesaurus words for "cleanse":
beatify, bleach, bless, bowdlerize, canonize, clarify, clean,
clean out, clean up, cleanse away, clear out, consecrate, dedicate,
deliver, delouse, depurate, deterge, devote, discharge, disinfect,
dry-clean, dust, dust off, enshrine, exalt, expiate, expurgate,
free, free from, freshen, give release, give respite, glorify,
hallow, intermit, lustrate, purge, purge away, purify, reform,
release, remove, reprieve, saint, sanctify, sanitize, scavenge,
scour, scrub, set apart, spruce, steam-clean, sterilize, suspend,
sweep out, sweeten, tidy, wash, whiten, wipe, wipe off, wipe out,