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purgation (n.)

late 14c., purgacioun, "purification from sin," also "discharge of waste; evacuation of evil humors by bloodletting, etc.," from Old French purgacion "a cleansing," medical or spiritual (12c., Modern French purgation) and directly from Latin purgationem (nominative purgatio) "a cleansing, purging," figuratively "an apology, justification," noun of action from past-participle stem of purgare "to cleanse, purify" (see purge (v.)).

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Definitions of purgation from WordNet

purgation (n.)
purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels;
Synonyms: catharsis / katharsis
purgation (n.)
a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites;
Synonyms: purification
purgation (n.)
the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge;
Synonyms: purge / purging
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