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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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She quickly and efficiently lays out monastic vision stories and broader practices such as intercessory prayer, prayer for the dead, sacramental baptism and penance, and funeral practices and epitaphs to establish two centuries of "incremental steps" linking purgation in the afterlife and prayer for the savable soul.
37) While strictly medical authors generally followed Hippocrates and Galen in ascribing neutral values to menstrual blood and purgation, theologians applied the value judgments of Aristotle and Isidore to medical discourse, or rather used medical discursive authority in the service of theology, which can be seen in treatises such as the thirteenth-century De Secretis Mulierum of Pseudo-Albertus.
In his typology, Corbett proposes purgation as the initial step, a ritual cleansing of the self, the preparation of a mental, emotional, psychological, or spiritual tabula rasa ready to receive Illumination.
He is at one and the same time male, female, androgynous" at the moment of his purgation (Children 46).
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.
This rather threatens Daigle's scheme since Dante puts the purgation of avarice on the fifth cornice.
Aristotle defines tragedy as "a representation of an action that is worth serious attention, complete in itself, and of some amplitude; in language enriched by a variety of artistic devices appropriate to the several parts of the play; presented in the form of action, not narration; by means of pity and fear bringing about the purgation of emotions" (38-9; 1449b 21-29).
Abstaining from meat during Lent would be essential for purgation, yet, the whole play seems to be soaked with the greasy sweat of the characters.
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The five major signposts that guide the improvisational New Exodus journey are woundedness, wickedness, purgation, illumination, and union.
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A few years later Operation Rescue, ironically a mostly Evangelical initiative, stepped closer to the very Catholic understanding of the economy of purgation and redemption through a sort of proxy sacrifice.