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Purge, vb. 1) to purify, to cleanse; absol.: “slight air and --ing fire,” Sonn. 45, 1. Trans.: “mine eyes . . . shall gush pure streams to p. my impure tale,” Lucr. 1078. “you must be --d too,” LLL V, 2, 828. I will p. thy mortal grossness so that thou shalt like an airy “spirit go,” Mids. III, 1, 163. “and but in --d judgment trusting neither,” H5 II, 2, 136. “love is . . . being --d, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes,” Rom. I, 1, 197 (cleaned from smoke). “ere human statute --d the gentle weal,” Mcb. III, 4, 76. “to take him in the --ing of his soul,” Hml. III, 3, 85. With from: “my heart is --d from grudging hate,” R3 II, 1, 9. With of: “she --d the air of pestilence,” Tw. I, 1, 20. “to p. him of that humour,” Wint. II, 3, 38. “these hands, so lately --d of blood,” John III, 1, 239. “p. you of your scum,” H4B IV, 5, 124. “to p. this field of such a hilding foe,” H5 IV, 2, 29. “we would p. the land of these drones,” Per. II, 1, 50.
2) to evacuate the body by a cathartic; absol.: “we sicken to shun sickness when we p.” Sonn. 118, 4. “I'll p. and leave sack,” H4A V, 4, 168. Trans.: and p. it (my land) “to a sound and pristine health,” Mcb. V, 3, 52.
3) to clear from crime; always reflexively: “you cannot with such freedom p. yourself,” H8 V, 1, 103. “hoping to p. himself with words,” Cor. V, 6, 8. “to impeach and p. myself,” Rom. V, 3, 226. With of: I can p. myself of many (offences) H4A III, 2, 20. “whereof you cannot easily p. yourself,” H6B III, 1, 135.
4) to remove, to expel, to sweep away, to void; with from: “the blessed gods p. all infection from our air,” Wint. V, 1, 169. “from his bosom p. this black despair,” H6B III, 3, 23. “thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is --d,” Rom. I, 5, 109. With a simple accus.: “he is gone aboard a new ship to p. melancholy and air himself,” Wint. IV, 4, 790. “until our fears be --d and deposed,” John II, 372. “let's p. this choler without letting blood,” R2 I, 1, 153. “and p. the obstructions which begin to stop our very veins of life,” H4B IV, 1, 65. “to p. his fear, I'll be thy death,” H6C V, 6, 88. “till the foul crimes done in my days of nature are burnt and --d away,” Hml. I, 5, 13. “their eyes --ing thick amber,” II, 2, 200 (== secreting). “when she saw that your rage would not be --d,” Ant. IV, 14, 124.
5) intr. to be cured, to be restored to health (cf. the transitive use in Wint. IV, 4, 790. R2 I, 1, 153. H6C V, 6, 88. Mcb. V, 3, 52): “quietness, grown sick of rest, would p. by any desperate change,” Ant. I, 3, 53.
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