One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.‘crying is a cathartic release’
purgative, purging, purifying, cleansing, cleaning, releasing, relieving, freeing, delivering, exorcising, riddingView synonyms
- ‘The play is supposed to build to a final cathartic spilling of secrets and emotions.’
- ‘It's been a cathartic experience for all of us.’
- ‘I also think there is real value, cathartic release, in applying to humour to the situation and being able to openly laugh at what we once feared’
- ‘Would we then defer to his expressed wishes and enact a scene of cathartic cruelty?’
- ‘As an expression of community solidarity, and as a cathartic public moment of defiance in the face of the threat of personal loss, it is a powerful symbol.’
- ‘For many, the experience is clearly cathartic and helps release pent-up emotions.’
- ‘But beyond the monetary considerations, her renaming ordeal has also proved emotionally cathartic.’
- ‘It's a defiantly anti-commercial album; one built more for cathartic expression than fretting over the amount of units sold.’
- ‘Sometimes it's cathartic to open up about the sad stuff.’
- ‘As with Greek drama, it may be emotionally cathartic but it is never soothing.’
- ‘Gullible by nature, they are easily swayed by catchy slogans and start seeking cathartic relief in communal frenzy.’
- ‘This would have a cathartic effect; it would release us from the torments of hypocrisy, from the discomforts of a lie.’
- ‘However, don't expect a cathartic payoff, because there is little emotional messiness in this largely intellectual exercise.’
- ‘It was a great, great, great show, a very cathartic release.’
- ‘Furthermore, a substantial body of social research reports that engaging in cathartic expressions of anger does not eradicate aggressive urges but rather escalates them.’
- ‘Perhaps this is why the film is best seen in a crowded theatre, where the infectiousness of cathartic emotion can have full play.’
- ‘Today, audiences prefer big statements, cathartic effects and emotional exhibitionism.’
- ‘All people, including Chinese people, crave the cathartic release that laughter provides.’
- ‘We were witnessing the cathartic expression of raw experience that could be the foundation of a profoundly moving work and perhaps one day it will.’
- ‘Forgiveness is cathartic and releases tension, revenge perpetuates and increases tension.’
(chiefly of a drug) purgative.
- ‘This fungus is supposedly edible but faded forms can be confused with R. formosa, which has a strong cathartic effect when eaten.’
- ‘Since sodium phosphate is an osmotic cathartic agent, there is the risk of intravascular volume reduction due to the production of a large effluent.’
- ‘Participants 50 years and older with an indication for colonoscopy underwent cathartic preparation of the colon before CTC followed by regular colonoscopy.’
- ‘The third type of intervention is administration of cathartic agents to increase gastrointestinal motility and hasten the expulsion of the toxin.’
- ‘The cathartic dose of sorbitol is 20 to 50 grams.’
A purgative drug.
laxative, enema, aperient, lenitive, cathartic, evacuantView synonyms
- ‘There is no evidence that cathartics reduce absorption or toxicity, however.’
- ‘Other laxatives and cathartics are available.’
- ‘Mercury is used in the manufacture of skin medicine, dental amalgam, plastics, cathartics, paints, fungicides, cosmetics, and scientific instruments.’
- ‘Gastrointestinal decontamination with activated charcoal and a cathartic may be useful in acute exposures if the drug was taken orally within the previous 60 minutes.’
- ‘Gastric lavage, emetics, activated charcoal, cathartics, etc., should be used when indicated.’
Early 17th century (in medical use): via late Latin from Greek kathartikos, from katharsis ‘cleansing’ (see catharsis).
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