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purgatory

noun [U] uk   /ˈpɜː.ɡə.tər.i/ us    /ˈpɝː.ɡə.tɔːr.i/
the place to which Roman Catholics believe that the spirits of dead people go and suffer for the evil acts that they did while they were alive, before they are able to go to heaven humorous an extremely unpleasant experience that causes suffering: I've been on a diet for two weeks now, and it's purgatory!
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