What is purge?

  • (noun): An act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements.
    Synonyms: purging
    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.

Read more about Purge.

Some articles on purge:

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 ... Choe was ultimately executed in 1504 during the Second Literati Purge ...
Space Channel 5: Part 2 - Storyline
... 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 from ... 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 ...
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 remaining ... 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 ...
Purged Record
... In many countries, laws require certain records to be stored for a specific period (usually 7 years) ... They can be purged afterwards ...
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. ...

More definitions of "purge":

  • (verb): Clear of a charge.
  • (verb): Excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body).
    Example: "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"
  • (noun): The act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge.
    Synonyms: purging, purgation
  • (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"
  • (verb): Oust politically.
    Example: "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"
  • (verb): Make pure or free from sin or guilt.
    Synonyms: purify, sanctify

Famous quotes containing the word purge:

    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)

    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)

    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)