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To remove an unwanted element from a system, body, or group.
History & Etymology
If you wanted something that was pure in Old Latin you’d want something that was purus, and if you wanted to make something pure you would add the suffix -agere which means, “to set in motion, or todo”, this forms the word purigare.
The agere suffix comes from the Proto-Indo-European prefix ag- which meant, “to drive, draw out, or move.”
As the word purgare moved on from Old Latin to the Latin the definition focused in on the body and self. Meaning things like, “make clean, cleanse, purify.” Though sometimes it was used figuratively, “refute, justify, vindicate.” This is also the root of the word purgatory that I mentioned in my video on absolutions. It comes from purgatorium meaning, “means of cleansing.”
As Latin evolved and gave birth to the Romance languages purgare became the Italian purgare, Spanish prugar, and Old French purgier. Just as many words in English did purge was borrowed from French in the 14th century.
It would be three century before the word purge would be used politically in the way it’s being used today. In the year 1648 on December 6th during the second English Civil War Colonel Pride took his regiment and setup blocking the stairs to the House of Parliament. As the members of parliament arrived he checked them against a list of people who didn’t support the nobles serving, called the Grandees. The Grandees were nobles in opposition to a group called the levelers, due to the levelers desire for expanded suffrage, equality before the law and religious tolerance. This event was called Pride’s Purge and it was the first time the word purge was used to describe the removal of people who were politically... Undesirable. Since then it’s been used to describe similar methods used by totalitarian and communist regimes.