Definitions of purgation:
  • noun:   a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites
  • noun:   the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge
  • noun:   purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

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