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cleansing (n.)

late Old English clænsunge "a cleansing, a purifying, castigation; chastity, purity," verbal noun from the root of cleanse. As a present-participle adjective, attested from c. 1300.

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Definitions of cleansing from WordNet
1
cleansing (adj.)
cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands;
Synonyms: ablutionary
cleansing (adj.)
acting like an antiseptic;
Synonyms: purifying
2
cleansing (n.)
the act of making something clean;
Synonyms: cleaning / cleanup
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