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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

What, but the rapacity of the only men who exercised their reason, the priests, secured such vast property to the church, when a man gave his perishable substance to save himself from the dark torments of purgatory.
Mary Wollstonecraft

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

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

We need no messiah and no sterile conception of a god menacing us with hell and purgatory.
Federica Montseny
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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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