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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

'Rocky' represents the optimistic side of life, and 'Rambo' represents purgatory.
Sylvester Stallone

Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.
Arnold Bennett

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

We absolutely believed in Heaven and Hell, Purgatory, and even Limbo. I mean, they were actually closer to us than Australia or Canada, that they were real places.
John McGahern
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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