Definitions for catharsiskəˈθɑr sɪs; -siz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ca•thar•siskəˈθɑr sɪs; -siz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. through a work of art, as of tragedy or music.

  2. Med.

    Category: Medicine

    Ref: purgation .

  3. Psychiatry. a discharge of repressed or pent-up emotions resulting in the alleviation of symptoms or the elimination of the condition.

    Category: Psychiatry

Origin of catharsis:

1795–1805; < NL < Gk kátharsis a cleansing, der. of katharós pure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. catharsis, katharsis, abreaction(noun)

    (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

  2. catharsis, katharsis, purgation(noun)

    purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels


  1. catharsis(Noun)

    A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy). Coined in this sense by Aristotle.

    Seeing the hero's catharsis helped her deal with the loss of her parents.

  2. catharsis(Noun)

    Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.

  3. catharsis(Noun)

    A purification or cleansing, especially emotional.

  4. catharsis(Noun)

    A therapeutic technique to relieve tension.

  5. catharsis(Noun)

    Purging of the digestive system.

  6. Origin: From κάθαρσις, from καθαίρω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catharsis(noun)

    a natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the mouth, bowels, etc


  1. Catharsis

    Catharsis refers to the purification and purgation of emotions—especially pity and fear—through art or to any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration. It is a metaphor originally used by Aristotle in the Poetics to describe the effects of tragedy on the spectator.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Catharsis

    The release of ideas, thoughts, and repressed material from the unconscious, accompanied by an emotional response and relief. (From Dorland, 28th ed)

Anagrams of catharsis

  1. archaists


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