[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.
2. Hence, in figurative uses:
(a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify
And fit them so
Purified to receive him pure. --Milton.
(b) To free from ceremonial or legal defilement.
And Moses took the blood, and put it upon the
horns of the altar, . . . and purified the
altar. --Lev. viii.
Purify both yourselves and your captives. --
Num. xxxi. 19.
(c) To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to
purify a language. --Sprat.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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