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Purgatory vs. Limbo

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  • Purgatory (noun)

    alternative case form of Purgatory

  • Purgatory (noun)

    Any situation where suffering is endured, particularly as part of a process of redemption.

  • Purgatory (adjective)

    Tending to cleanse; expiatory.

  • Limbo (noun)

    The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum).

  • Limbo (noun)

    Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.

    "My application has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo for two weeks."

  • Limbo (noun)

    A dance played by taking turns crossing under a horizontal bar or stick. The stick is lowered with each round, and the game is won by the player who passes under the bar in the lowest position.

  • Limbo (verb)

    To dance in this way.

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  • Purgatory (adjective)

    Tending to cleanse; cleansing; expiatory.

  • Purgatory (noun)

    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.

  • Limbo (noun)

    An spiritual region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment.

  • Limbo (noun)

    Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in limbo.

  • Limbo (noun)

    A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite time; as, the proposal was left in limbo while opponents and proponents refused to compromise.

  • Limbo (noun)

    A border or margin; as, the limbus of the cornea.

  • Limbo (noun)

    A West Indian dance contest, in which participants must dance under a pole which is lowered successively until only one participant can successfully pass under, without falling. It is often performed at celebrations, such as weddings.

Webster Dictionary
  • Purgatory (noun)

    a temporary condition of torment or suffering;

    "a purgatory of drug abuse"

  • Purgatory (noun)

    (theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins

  • Limbo (noun)

    the state of being disregarded or forgotten

  • Limbo (noun)

    an imaginary place for lost or neglected things

  • Limbo (noun)

    (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants and virtuous individuals)

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