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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purgatory (as used informally)
agony, hell (informal) hell on earth, misery, murder (informal) the rack, torment, torture
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