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Cleansev. t. [AS. cl\'d6nsian, fr. cl\'d6ne clean. See Clean.].
     To render clean; to free from fith, pollution, infection, guilt, etc.; to clean.  [1913 Webster]
    "If we walk in the light . . . the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin."  [1913 Webster]
    "Can'st thou not minister to a mind diseased,
    And with some sweet oblivious antidote
    Cleanse the suffed bosom of that perilous stuff
    Which weighs upon the heart?
    "  [1913 Webster]


1 usu. formal. make clean.
2 (often foll. by of) purify from sin or guilt.
3 archaic cure (a leper etc.).

cleansing cream cream for removing unwanted matter from the face, hands, etc. cleansing department Brit. a local service of refuse collection etc.
cleanser n.
OE cl{aelig}nsian (see CLEAN)



beatify, bleach, bless, bowdlerize, canonize, clarify, clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse away, clear out, consecrate, dedicate, deliver, delouse, depurate, deterge, devote, discharge, disinfect, dry-clean, dust, dust off, enshrine, exalt, expiate, expurgate, free, free from, freshen, give release, give respite, glorify, hallow, intermit, lustrate, purge, purge away, purify, reform, release, remove, reprieve, saint, sanctify, sanitize, scavenge, scour, scrub, set apart, spruce, steam-clean, sterilize, suspend, sweep out, sweeten, tidy, wash, whiten, wipe, wipe off, wipe out, wipe up




VB be clean, render clean, clean, cleanse, mundify, rinse, wring, flush, full, wipe, mop, sponge, scour, swab, scrub, brush up, wash, lave, launder, buck, absterge, deterge, decrassify, clear, purify, depurate, despumate, defecate, purge, expurgate, elutriate, lixiviate, edulcorate, clarify, refine, rack, filter, filtrate, drain, strain, disinfect, fumigate, ventilate, deodorize, whitewash, castrate, emasculate, sift, winnow, pick, weed, comb, rake, brush, sweep, rout out, clear out, sweep out, make a clean sweep of.

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