purge of

purge (something) of (something)

1. To completely free or clean something of something unwanted. We'll need to purge the machine of the contaminated coolant before we begin operating it. Police have begun purging the streets of protesters.
2. To cleanse something of impure or sinful thoughts or feelings. I recommend you turn to prayer to purge your mind of those evil thoughts. Your obsessive focus on purging your congregation of sin has become a sin unto itself.
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purge someone or something of someone or something

to rid someone or something of someone or something. The medicine is designed to purge the patient of the deadly toxin. We purged the list of the delinquent members.
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Philip Watts's study returns to the historical phenomenon of epuration or "purge" trials with which postwar France tried to exonerate itself from the shame of Vichy and its supporters, and examines how four literary figures who had, previous to the purge trials, assumed different ideological "camps" -- Sartre and Eluard on one side, Blanchot and Celine on the other -- and responded to the purge of writers and intellectuals.