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purgatory in Roman Catholicism, a place or state of suffering for the purification of the souls of the dead who will eventually be worthy of heaven. [3 definitions]
purge to rid of anything impure or unwanted. [12 definitions]
purify to free from dirt, contamination, or other unwanted elements. [3 definitions]
Purim a Jewish spring holiday that commemorates the saving from extinction of the ancient Persian Jewish community, as related in the Old Testament.
purine an organic substance from which is derived compounds such as caffeine and uric acid. [2 definitions]
purism uncompromising exactness and strictness with regard to long-established standards, as of language or political or philosophical belief. [2 definitions]
Puritan any of a group of Protestants that originated in England in the sixteenth century and were politically powerful there and later in the United States, and who believed in simple religious ceremony, strict moral discipline, and persecution of dissent. [4 definitions]
Puritan ethic a system of values in which work is believed to promote morality and strengthen character; work ethic; Puritan work ethic.
puritanical extremely rigid and strict in moral or religious matters. [2 definitions]
Puritanism the practices or doctrines of the Puritans. [2 definitions]
purity the state or quality of being free from defects or contamination. [2 definitions]
purl1 to knit using a reverse stitch. [5 definitions]
purl2 to turn or flow with a gentle bubbling or rippling sound. [2 definitions]
purlieu a place to which someone habitually goes; haunt. [3 definitions]
purlin any of several horizontal structural members running the length of, and supporting the rafters in, a roof.
purloin to take (something) without the owner's consent; steal. [2 definitions]
purple the color that results when blue and red paint are mixed. [5 definitions]
Purple Heart a medal awarded by the U.S. armed services for injuries or death sustained in combat against an enemy.
purple martin the largest North American swallow, the male of which is entirely blue-black while the female has a white breast.
purport to assert or allege, esp. falsely. [3 definitions]
purpose a reason or plan guiding an action; motive or intention. [6 definitions]