What does the word purgatorial mean?

Usage examples for purgatorial

  1. " Ay is he," answered Annie, sadly; not from jealousy, for her admiration of Alec was from afar; but as looking up from purgatorial exclusion to the paradise of Howglen, where the beautiful lady would have all Mrs Forbes, and Alec too, to herself. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  2. It seems to me that Tourneur might say with the greatest of the popes, " I have loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile"; therefore, in other words, I am cast aside and left behind by readers who are too lazy, too soft and slow of spirit, too sleepily sensual and self- sufficient, to endure the fiery and purgatorial atmosphere of my work. – The Age of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  3. If there is any purgatorial fire of remorse for the hard and selfish natures that crucify love, it must burn elsewhere. – Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
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