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purgatory
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a temporary condition of torment or suffering

or  in Roman Catholic theology:  the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to pay for their sins
  • We have gone through several rounds of purgatory since you left, and I have lately got on to a worse ledge of it than ever.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (51% in)

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