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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Purification  \Pu`ri*fi*ca"tion\,  n.  [F.  purification,  L. 
  purificatio.  See  {Purify}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  purifying;  the  act  or  operation  of  separating 
  and  removing  from  anything  that  which  is  impure  or 
  noxious,  or  heterogeneous  or  foreign  to  it  as  the 
  purification  of  liquors,  or  of  metals. 
  2.  The  act  or  operation  of  cleansing  ceremonially,  by 
  removing  any  pollution  or  defilement. 
  When  the  days  of  her  purification  according  to  the 
  law  of  Moses  were  accomplished.  --Luke  ii  22. 
  3.  A  cleansing  from  guilt  or  the  pollution  of  sin;  the 
  extinction  of  sinful  desires,  appetites,  and  inclinations. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  cleaning  by  getting  rid  of  impurities 
  2:  the  act  of  purging  of  sin  or  guilt;  "purification  through 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  process  by  which  a  person  unclean,  according  to  the 
  Levitical  law,  and  thereby  cut  off  from  the  sanctuary  and  the 
  festivals,  was  restored  to  the  enjoyment  of  all  these 
  The  great  annual  purification  of  the  people  was  on  the  Day  of 
  Atonement  (q.v.). 
  But  in  the  details  of  daily  life  there  were  special  causes  of 
  cermonial  uncleanness  which  were  severally  provided  for  by 
  ceremonial  laws  enacted  for  each  separate  case.  For  example,  the 
  case  of  the  leper  (Lev.  13,  14),  and  of  the  house  defiled  by 
  leprosy  (14:49-53;  see  also  Matt.  8:2-4).  Uncleanness  from 
  touching  a  dead  body  (Num.  19:11;  Hos.  9:4;  Hag.  2:13;  Matt. 
  23:27;  Luke  11:44).  The  case  of  the  high  priest  and  of  the 
  Nazarite  (Lev.  21:1-4,  10,  11;  Num.  6:6,  7;  Ezek.  44:25). 
  Purification  was  effected  by  bathing  and  washing  the  clothes 
  (Lev.  14:8,  9);  by  washing  the  hands  (Deut.  21:6;  Matt.  27:24); 
  washing  the  hands  and  feet  (Ex.  30:18-21;  Heb.  6:2,  "baptisms", 
  R.V.  marg.,  "washings;"  9:10);  sprinkling  with  blood  and  water 
  (Ex.  24:5-8;  Heb.  9:19),  etc  Allusions  to  this  rite  are  found 
  in  Ps  26:6;  51:7;  Ezek.  36:25;  Heb.  10:22. 

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