/'pɜ:gətrɪ; [US] -tɔ:rɪ; `pɝˇə,tɔrɪ/
1 (usu 通常作 Purgatory) (in Roman Catholic teaching) place or condition in which the souls of the dead are purified by suffering in preparation for Heaven （天主教教义中的）炼狱
*a prayer for the souls in Purgatory 为炼狱中的灵魂作的祈祷.
2 (esp infml or joc 尤作口语或戏谑语) any place or condition of suffering 任何受难的处所或情况
*He's so impatient that waiting in a queue is sheer purgatory for him!他毫无耐性, 对他来说排队等候完全是活受罪!
[Date: 1100-1200; Language: Anglo-French;Origin: purgatorie, from Latin purgatus, past participle of purgare; PURGE1]
something that makes you suffer - used humorously
Sewing is relaxation for some, purgatory for others.
in Roman Catholic belief, a place where the souls of dead people suffer until they are pure enough to enter heaven
>purgatorial [,pəːgə'tɔːriəl (US) ,pəːr-/