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purge

verb [T] uk   /pɜːdʒ/  us   /pɝːdʒ/

purge verb [T] (REMOVE PEOPLE)

to get rid of people from an organization because you do not agree with them: Party leaders have undertaken to purge the party of extremists. Hard-liners are expected to be purged from the administration.

purge verb [T] (REMOVE EVIL)

to make someone or something free of something evil or harmful: Roman Catholics go to confession to purge their souls/themselves (from/of sin). The new state governor has promised to purge the police force of corruption.

purge

noun [C] uk   /pɜːdʒ/  us   /pɝːdʒ/
the act of getting rid of people from an organization because you do not agree with them: Between 1934 and 1938, Stalin mounted a massive purge of the Communist Party, the government and the armed forces in the Soviet Union.
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