purge

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.

Primary Meanings of purge

1.
vn
rid of impurities
the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
2.
vn
oust politically
an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
3.
v
eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
Full Definitions of purge
1

v rid of impurities

purge the water”
purge your mind”
Type of:
distill, make pure, purify, sublimate
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

v make pure or free from sin or guilt

Synonyms:
purify, sanctify
Types:
spiritualise, spiritualize
purify from the corrupting influences of the world
lustrate
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

v rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

purge the old gas tank”
Synonyms:
flush, scour
Type of:
rinse, rinse off
wash off soap or remaining dirt

v clear of a charge

Type of:
acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

n the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge

Synonyms:
purgation, purging
Types:
purification
the act of purging of sin or guilt; moral or spiritual cleansing
Type of:
clearing
the act of freeing from suspicion

n an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements

Synonyms:
purging
Types:
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
2

v oust politically

“Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime”
Antonyms:
rehabilitate
reinstall politically
Type of:
oppress, persecute
cause to suffer

n an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place

“he died in a purge by Stalin”
Type of:
removal
dismissal from office
3

v eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

“He purged continuously”
Synonyms:
barf, be sick, chuck, disgorge, throw up, vomit up
Antonyms:
keep down
manage not to throw up
Type of:
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body

v excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body)

“The doctor decided that the patient must be purged
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for