What does the word purgative mean?

Usage examples for purgative

  1. And, like him, he says much of the " horrible temptations and torments, worse than any which the martyrs of the early Church underwent," which form part of " purgative contemplation." – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  2. There are many indications that this purgative function of literature is the main thing it is for in our present modern life. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee

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