Adjective cleansing has 2 senses
  1. ablutionary, cleansing - cleansing the body by washing; especially ritual washing of e.g. hands; "ablutionary rituals"
    Antonyms: adulterating, adulterant (indirect, via purifying)
  2. cleansing, purifying - acting like an antiseptic
    Antonym: septic (indirect, via antiseptic)
,Noun cleansing has 1 sense
  1. cleaning, cleansing, cleanup - the act of making something clean; "he gave his shoes a good cleaning"
    --1 is a kind of improvement
    --1 has particulars:
     disinfestation; spring-cleaning; scrub, scrubbing, scouring; dry cleaning; sweeping; purge, purging; purification; sterilization, sterilisation; sanitation, sanitization, sanitisation; depilation, epilation; washup, bathing; housecleaning
    Derived form: verb cleanse1
,Verb cleanse has 2 senses
  1. cleanse, clean - clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"
    --1 is one way to groom, neaten
    Derived forms: noun cleanser1, noun cleansing1
    Sample sentence:
    They cleanse themselves
  2. cleanse - purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins; "Purgatory is supposed to cleanse you from your sins"
    --2 is one way to
    rid, free, disembarrass
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody