purgatory

/ˈpɜgətri / (say 'perguhtree)

noun (plural purgatories)
1. (also upper case) (in the belief of Roman Catholics and others) a condition or place in which the souls of those dying penitent are purified from venial sins, or undergo the temporal punishment which, after the guilt of mortal sin has been remitted, still remains to be endured by the sinner.
2. any condition, situation, or place of temporary suffering, expiation, or the like.
adjective
3. serving to purge, cleanse, or purify; expiatory.
{Middle English purgatorye, from Late Latin purgātōrius (adjective) from purgāre cleanse}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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