v.tr. (-ies, -ied)
1 (often foll. by of, from) cleanse or make pure.
2 make ceremonially clean.
3 clear of extraneous elements.
purification n. purificatory adj. purifier n.
Etymology: ME f. OF purifier f. L purificare (as PURE)

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