To remove dirt from the surface
bathe, clean, wash, scrub; see clean.
To remove impurities from within
refine, disinfect, purge; see clean, purify.
To free from sin or its effects
absolve, purge, purify, restore; see excuse. See syn. study at clean.
See cleanse in Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus II
To make or become clear by the removal of impurities:
To free from sin, guilt, or defilement:
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