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purgatory

noun [U]     /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 Heaven humorous an extremely unpleasant experience that causes suffering : I've been on a diet for two weeks now, and it's purgatory!Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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