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purgatory [ˈpɜːgətərɪ -trɪ]


  1. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology) Chiefly RC Church a state or place in which the souls of those who have died in a state of grace are believed to undergo a limited amount of suffering to expiate their venial sins and become purified of the remaining effects of mortal sin
  2. a place or condition of suffering or torment, esp one that is temporary