purgatory Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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purgatorynoun [U]

uk   /ˈpɜː.ɡə.tər.i/  us   /ˈpɝː.ɡə.tɔːr.i/
the ​place to which ​Roman Catholics ​believe that the ​spirits of ​deadpeople go and ​suffer for the ​evilacts that they did while they were ​alive, before they are ​able to go to ​heaven humorous an ​extremelyunpleasantexperience that ​causessuffering: I've been on a ​diet for two ​weeks now, and it's purgatory!
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