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Definition of Purgatory


  1. Tending to cleanse; cleansing; expiatory.
  2. A state or place of purification after death; according to the Roman Catholic creed, a place, or a state believed to exist after death, in which the souls of persons are purified by expiating such offenses committed in this life as do not merit eternal damnation, or in which they fully satisfy the justice of God for sins that have been forgiven. After this purgation from the impurities of sin, the souls are believed to be received into heaven.

Purgatory Quotations

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
Abraham Lincoln

If I were a Roman Catholic, I should turn a heretic, in sheer desperation, because I would rather go to heaven than go to purgatory.
Charles Spurgeon

You can compromise between good, better, and best, and you can compromise between bad and worse and terrible. But you can't compromise between good and evil. And now people look at the other side as a completely different kind of animal and say, 'They are taking the country down the road to purgatory.' It's complete intolerance.
Gary Ackerman

I had the feeling that Sarajevo was the perfect place to shoot the film I wanted to shoot. It is the perfect illustration of purgatory.
Jean-Luc Godard

I used to be a major people pleaser, but that way purgatory lies.
Tracie Bennett
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Purgatory Translations

purgatory in Dutch is purgatorium, vagevuur
purgatory in French is purgatoire
purgatory in Italian is purgatorio
purgatory in Spanish is purgatorio
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