- v clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing
- v purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins
Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins
- Nouri al-Maliki in International Herald Tribune
These crimes confirm the defeat of these perpetrators and their failure in confronting our armed forces, which are determined to cleanse the dens of terrorism,al-Maliki said in a statement.
- Ayman al-Zawahri in Forbes
Al-Zawahri called on supporters in North Africa to "cleanse the Maghrib (western region) of Islam of the children of France and Spain ...... Stand with your sons the mujahideen against the Crusaders and their children."
- Sali Berisha in FOXNews
Prime Minister Sali Berisha said Albania needed "to cleanse itself from the communist calamity."