What does the word purge mean?

Usage examples for purge

  1. A day later, when the Council was about to institute special proceedings, Bonaparte again intervened with the remark that the action of the tribunal would be too slow, too restricted: a signal revenge was needed for so foul a crime, rapid as lightning: " Blood must be shed: as many guilty must be shot as the innocent who had perished- some fifteen or twenty- and two hundred banished, so that the Republic might profit by that event to purge itself." – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. This is not so strictly the story of the second generation that I may not properly give a brief account of how it fared with my mother when my father undertook to purge his house of superstition. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  3. He almost felt that confession would purge him of his sin, and looked forward with a certain pleasure to the pain he would inflict upon himself in telling her. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major