KJV Dictionary Definition: purgative


PURG'ATIVE, a. Having the power of cleansing; usually,having the power of evacuating the bowels; cathartic.

PURG'ATIVE, n. A medicine that evacuates the bowels; a cathartic.


PURGE, v.t. purj. L. purgo.

1. To cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous,foreign or superfluous; as, to purge the body by evacuation; to purge the Augean stable. It is followed by away, of, or off. We say, to purge away or to purge off filth, and to purge a liquor of its scum.

2. To clear from guilt or moral defilement; as,to purge one of guilt or crime; to purge away sin.

Purge away our sins, for thy name's sake. Ps.79.

Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean. Ps.51.

3. To clear from accusation or the charge of a crime, as in ordeal.

4. To remove what is offensive; to sweep away impurities. Ezek.20.

5. To clarify; to defecate; as liquors.

PURGE, v.i. To become pure by clarification.

1. To have frequent or preternatural evacuations by stool.

PURGE, n. A medicine that evacuates the body by stool; a cathartic.


PURG'ED, pp. Purified; cleansed; evacuated.


PURG'ING, ppr. Cleansing; purifying; carrying off impurities or superfluous matter.

PURG'ING, n. A diarrhea or dysentery; preternatural evacuation by stool; looseness of bowels.