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1      (Chiefly R.C. Church)   a state or place in which the souls of those who have died in a state of grace are believed to undergo a limited amount of suffering to expiate their venial sins and become purified of the remaining effects of mortal sin  
2    a place or condition of suffering or torment, esp. one that is temporary  
     (C13: from Old French purgatoire, from Medieval Latin purgatorium, literally: place of cleansing, from Latin purgare to purge)  
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     (as used informally)  
agony, hell     (informal)   hell on earth, misery, murder     (informal)   the rack, torment, torture  

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