(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. cleanse, clarify; flush, wash, clear; atone; pardon, absolve, acquit; expiate; evacuate, remove; liquidate, kill. See atonement, cleanness, purity, killing.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Cleansing]
Syn. abstersion, clarification, expurgation; see cleaning , purification .
2. [Excretion]
Syn. defecation, evacuation, catharsis; see excretion 1 .
3. [Elimination]
Syn. eradication, disposal, murder, removal, liquidation, extermination, annihilation, extirpation, assassination, abolition, extinction, disposition, expulsion, ejection; see also destruction 1 .
1. [To cleanse]
Syn. clear, purify, clarify; see clean , excrete .
2. [To eliminate]
Syn. liquidate, exterminate, dispose of; see abolish , forbid , kill 1 , prevent .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
cleanse, remove, clean out, eliminate, clear, purify, excrete, expel, banish, *dump, eradicate, get rid of, exorcise.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To free from sin, guilt, or defilement: 786 cleanse, lustrate, purify. See CLEAN, RELIGION. 2. Law. To free from a charge or imputation of guilt: absolve, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate. Law: acquit. See LAW. 3. To get rid of, especially by banishment or execution: eliminate, eradicate, liquidate, remove, wipe out. Idioms: do away with, put an end to. See HELP, KEEP. 4. Medicine. To discharge (wastes or foreign substances) from the body: eliminate, evacuate, excrete. See KEEP. II noun The act or process of eliminating: clearance, elimination, eradication, liquidation, removal, riddance. See KEEP.

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