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purgatory

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  • (in Roman Catholic teaching) place or condition in which the souls of the dead are purified by suffering in preparation for Heaven [Barron]
  • an intermediate state after death for expiatory purification; specifically: a place or state of punishment wherein according to Roman Catholic doctrine the souls of those who die in God's grace may make satisfaction for past sins and so become fit for heave [Taisha]

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