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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pur·ga·to·ry /ˈpɝgəˌtori, ˌtɔr-/
 靈魂的淨化,滌罪,煉獄(a.)滌罪的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pur·ga·to·ry a.  Tending to cleanse; cleansing; expiatory.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pur·ga·to·ry, n.  A state or place of purification after death; according to the Roman Catholic creed, a place, or a state believed to exist after death, in which the souls of persons are purified by expiating such offenses committed in this life as do not merit eternal damnation, or in which they fully satisfy the justice of God for sins that have been forgiven. After this purgation from the impurities of sin, the souls are believed to be received into heaven.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 purgatory
      n 1: a temporary condition of torment or suffering; "a purgatory
           of drug abuse"
      2: (theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those
         who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment
         to expiate their sins