purgatory etymology

English word purgatory comes from Latin purgo (I clean; I purge.)

Detailed word origin of purgatory

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
purgo Latin (lat) I clean; I purge.
purgatorium Latin (lat) (Ecclesiastical) purgatory. A purgative. Act or means of cleansing.
purgatory English (eng) Tending to cleanse; expiatory. (Christianity) Alternative form of Purgatory. Any situation where suffering is endured, particularly as part of a process of redemption.

Words with the same origin as purgatory

Descendants of purgo
purge