What is purge?

  • (verb): Clear of a charge.
    See also — Additional definitions below


In history, religion, and political science, a purge is the removal of people who are considered undesirable by those in power from a government, from another organization, or from society as a whole. Purges can be peaceful or violent; many will end with the imprisonment or exile of those purged, but in some cases they will simply be removed from office. Restoring people who have been purged is known as rehabilitation.

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Purged Record
... In many countries, laws require certain records to be stored for a specific period (usually 7 years) ... They can be purged afterwards ...
Space Channel 5: Part 2 - Storyline
... Rhythm Rogues (known as the Odori-dan in Japanese), led by the mysterious Purge and his masked assistant Shadow ... Purge demands a ransom for the return of the president, but when Ulala and Space Policewoman Pine reach the rendezvous point, they discover that the ransom demand was a diversion ... Ulala is unable to prevent Purge from stealing the transmitters and destroying Space Channel 5’s orbital headquarters, but she does succeed in rescuing Space Michael and the other Space ...
Dansrabilegiin Dogsom - Purge
... Dogsom was rehabilitated and reinstated as a party member according to a proclamation of the Rehabilitation Commission made in January 25, 1967. ...
Terrorism In The Soviet Union - Soviet Union - Great Purge
... The Great Purge refers collectively to several related campaigns of political repression and persecution in the Soviet Union orchestrated by Joseph Stalin during the 1930s, which removed all of his ... It involved the purge of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the persecution of unaffiliated persons, both occurring within a period characterized by omnipresent police surveillance ...
Choe Bu - Death
... Choe became a victim of a political purge at court, was flogged in punishment by the rival faction who gained power and banished to Tanch'ŏn in the north in 1498 during the First Literati Purge of ... ultimately executed in 1504 during the Second Literati Purge ...

More definitions of "purge":

  • (verb): Make pure or free from sin or guilt.
    Synonyms: purify, sanctify
  • (noun): An act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements.
    Synonyms: purging
  • (noun): The act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge.
    Synonyms: purging, purgation
  • (verb): Oust politically.
    Example: "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"
  • (verb): Excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body).
    Example: "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"
  • (verb): Rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid.
    Example: "Purge the old gas tank"
    Synonyms: flush, scour
  • (verb): Rid of impurities.
    Example: "Purge the water"; "purge your mind"

Famous quotes containing the word purge:

    If I do grow great, I’ll grow less, for I’ll purge and leave
    sack, and live cleanly as a nobleman should do.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    To purge the mischiefs that increase
    And all good order mar,
    For oft we see a wicked peace
    To be well changed for war.
    Samuel Daniel (1562–1619)

    Now, neigbour confines, purge you of your scum!
    Have you a ruffian that will swear, drink, dance,
    Revel the night, rob, murder, and commit
    The oldest sins the newest kind of ways?
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)