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.