To purge is to get rid of something or someone, and often it’s done suddenly. Purge rhymes with urge, and when you have a really strong urge to throw stuff away or clean something out, you have an urge to purge.

From the Latin purgare, meaning "purify," purge is used as a verb for removing impure things, whether they're guilty feelings in a person or rotten vegetables in a refrigerator. As a noun, the act of tossing out the too-small clothes in your closet before getting new ones might be called a purge. It can be a very bad act, too, as when individuals have an unhealthy urge to purge or empty their stomachs after eating or when a military group decides to purge a certain ethnic group from a country.

Definitions of purge
  1. verb
    rid of impurities
    purge the water”
    purge your mind”
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    type of:
    distill, make pure, purify, sublimate
    remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
  2. verb
    make pure or free from sin or guilt
    synonyms: purify, sanctify
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    spiritualise, spiritualize
    purify from the corrupting influences of the world
    purify by means of a ritual; also used in post-Communist countries to refer to the political cleansing of former officials
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid
    purge the old gas tank”
    synonyms: flush, scour
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    type of:
    rinse, rinse off
    wash off soap or remaining dirt
  4. verb
    clear of a charge
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    acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
  5. noun
    the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
    synonyms: purgation, purging
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    the act of purging of sin or guilt; moral or spiritual cleansing
    type of:
    the act of freeing from suspicion
  6. noun
    an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
    synonyms: purging
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    abreaction, catharsis, katharsis
    (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
    catharsis, katharsis, purgation
    purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
    type of:
    cleaning, cleansing, cleanup
    the act of making something clean
  7. verb
    oust politically
    “Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime”
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    reinstall politically
    type of:
    oppress, persecute
    cause to suffer
  8. noun
    an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
    “he died in a purge by Stalin”
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    type of:
    dismissal from office
  9. verb
    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
    “He purged continuously”
    synonyms: barf, be sick, chuck, disgorge, regurgitate, throw up, vomit, vomit up
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    keep down
    manage not to throw up
    type of:
    egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
    eliminate from the body
  10. verb
    excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body)
    “The doctor decided that the patient must be purged
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    type of:
    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
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