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PU'RIFY, v.t. [L. purifico; purus, pure, and facio, to make.]

1. To make pure or clear; to free from extraneous admixture; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.

2. To free from pollution ceremonially; to remove whatever renders unclean and unfit for sacred services.

Purify yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day purify all your raiment. Num.31.

3. To free from guilt or the defilement of sin; as, to purify the heart.

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Tit.2.

4. To clear form improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.

PU'RIFY, v.i. To grow or become pure or clear. Liquors will gradually purify.




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PU'RIFY, v.t. [L. purifico; purus, pure, and facio, to make.]

1. To make pure or clear; to free from extraneous admixture; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.

2. To free from pollution ceremonially; to remove whatever renders unclean and unfit for sacred services.

Purify yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day purify all your raiment. Num.31.

3. To free from guilt or the defilement of sin; as, to purify the heart.

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Tit.2.

4. To clear form improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.

PU'RIFY, v.i. To grow or become pure or clear. Liquors will gradually purify.


PU'RI-FY, v.i.

To grow or become pure or clear. Liquors will gradually purify. – Burnet.


PU'RI-FY, v.t. [Fr. purifier; L. purifico; purus, pure, and facio, to make.]

  1. To make pure or clear; to free from extraneous admixture; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
  2. To free from pollution ceremonially; to remove whatever renders unclean and unfit for sacred services. Purify yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day purify all your raiment. – Num. xxxi.
  3. To free from guilt or the defilement of sin; as, to purify the heart. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. – Tit. ii.
  4. To clear from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language. – Sprat.

Pu"ri*fy
  1. To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
  2. To grow or become pure or clear.
  3. Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart.

    And fit them so
    Purified to receive him pure.
    Milton.

    (b)

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Purify

PU'RIFY, verb transitive [Latin purifico; purus, pure, and facio, to make.]

1. To make pure or clear; to free from extraneous admixture; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.

2. To free from pollution ceremonially; to remove whatever renders unclean and unfit for sacred services.

Purify yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day purify all your raiment. Numbers 31:19.

3. To free from guilt or the defilement of sin; as, to purify the heart.

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14.

4. To clear form improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.

PU'RIFY, verb intransitive To grow or become pure or clear. Liquors will gradually purify

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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