cleanse

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English clǣnsian, from Proto-West Germanic *klainisōną, from Proto-Germanic *klainiz (clean). Cognate with archaic Dutch kleinzen (to clean; to purify).

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VerbEdit

cleanse (third-person singular simple present cleanses, present participle cleansing, simple past and past participle cleansed)

  1. (transitive) To free from dirt; to clean, to purify.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.
  2. (transitive) To spiritually purify; to free from guilt or sin; to purge.
    • 1625, William Methold [i.e., William Methwold], “Relations of the Kingdome of Golchonda, and Other Neighbovring Nations within the Gulfe of Bengala, Arreccan, Pegu, Tennassery, &c. []”, in [Samuel] Purchas, Pvrchas His Pilgrimes. [], 5th part, London: Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, [], OCLC 960103045, page 993:
      [T]he famous Ganges: whoſe vnknowne head, pleaſant ſtreames, and long extent, haue amongſt thoſe Heathen Inhabitants, (by the Tradition of their Forefathers) gained a beliefe of clenſing all ſuch ſinnes, as the bodies of thoſe that waſh therein brought with them: [...]

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NounEdit

cleanse (plural cleanses)

  1. An act of cleansing; a purification.
    I regularly visit the spa for a massage and a facial cleanse.
    Synonym: cleansing

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