What does the word purgatory mean?

Usage examples for purgatory

  1. The summer is come, and with it I enter into purgatory; I am poured out like water, and my heart is like melting wax; I have neither courage nor kindness, except in the early morning or the late evening. – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  2. But to poor Sir Thomas it was indeed a purgatory. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  3. The bliss of travelling from London to Manchester was torn from us and we were given purgatory instead. – If I May by A. A. Milne