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Adjective: purifying  'pyûr-u,fI-ing
  1. Serving to purge or rid of sin
    "purifying rites";
    - purgatorial, purging
  2. Freeing from noxious matter
    "filtration is a purifying agent"
  3. Acting like an antiseptic
    - cleansing
Verb: purify  'pyûr-u,fI
  1. (chemistry) remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
    "purify the water";
    - sublimate, make pure, distill [N. Amer], distil [Brit]
  2. Make pure or free from sin or guilt
    "he left the monastery purified";
    - purge, sanctify
  3. Become clean, pure or free of guilt and sin
    "The hippies came to the ashram in order to purify"

See also: ablutionary, antiseptic, cleansing, detergent, detersive

Type of: alter, ameliorate, amend, better, change, improve, meliorate, mend, modify

Antonym: adulterant

Encyclopedia: Purifying