Definition of purge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pɜːdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrdʒ//
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the act of removing people, often violently, from an organization because their views are unacceptable to the people who have power A purge of the party was ordered. the Stalinist purges The prime minister carried out a purge of ministers sympathetic to reform. Word OriginMiddle English (in the legal sense ‘clear oneself of a charge’): from Old French purgier, from Latin purgare ‘purify’, from purus ‘pure’.
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