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PURGATION. The clearing one's self of an offence charged, by denying the guilt on oath or affirmation.
     2. There were two sorts of purgation, the vulgar, and the canonical.
     3. Vulgar purgation consisted in superstitious trials by hot and cold water, by fire, by hot irons, by batell, by corsned, &c., which modes of trial were adopted in times of ignorance and barbarity, and were impiously called judgments of God.
     4. Canonical purgation was the act of justifying one's self, when accused of some offence in the presence of a number of persons, worthy of credit, generally twelve, who would swear they believed the accused. See Compurgator; Wager of Law.
     5. In modern times, a man may purge himself of an offence, in some cases where the facts are within his own knowledge; for example, when a man is charged with a contempt of court, he may purge himself of such contempt, by swearing that in doing the act charged, he did not intend to commit a contempt.

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These little-noted texts also shed oblique light on the expectations of the day: like a father or master, God would use violence to correct sons or slaves; as he does at the shrine, God the healer will cure through painful physical purgation, as much a Galenic notion as a theological one.
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A set of doctrines central to this program of reconciling differences on our future hope is related to prayers to the saints and for the dead, purgation, purgatory, masses for the dead, and indulgences.
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Ignoring, or what is perhaps more likely, overlooking these concerns, Reich proceeds on the not unreasonable assumption that Holocaust victims ought not to be exempted, on the basis of their martyrdom, from the moral judgment that applies to the rest of humanity, and that whatever the current level of antisemitism may be, the Holocaust "industry" is long overdue for the kind of purgation she means to provide.
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