October 10th, 2019

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Word of the Day 10/10/19 Purify

Purify (verb)
pu·ri·fy [pyoor-uh-fahy]
(previously 05-24-13)

verb (used with object)
1. to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
2. to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements: to purify a language.
3. to free from guilt or evil.
4. to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from ).
5. to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use.

verb (used without object)
6. to become pure.

pu·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
pu·rif·i·ca·to·ry [pyoo-rif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
pu·ri·fi·er, noun
non·pu·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
non·pu·ri·fy·ing, adjective
re·pu·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
re·pu·ri·fy, verb, re·pu·ri·fied, re·pu·ri·fy·ing.
self-pu·ri·fy·ing, adjective
un·pu·ri·fied, adjective
un·pu·ri·fy·ing, adjective

absolve, atone, wash, lustrate, fumigate, expiate, purge, decontaminate, sanitize, exculpate, aerate, oxygenate, clarify, redeem, shrive, cleanse, exonerate, chasten, sublimate, deodorize

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Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English purifien < Middle French purifier < Latin purificare. See pure, -ify

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