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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

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

So many people of color who made major contributions to American history have been trapped in the purgatory of history.
Henry Louis Gates

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
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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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