Definitions for catharsiskəˈθɑr sɪs; -siz
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catharsis, katharsis, abreaction(noun)
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
catharsis, katharsis, purgation(noun)
purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
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.
Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
A purification or cleansing, especially emotional.
A therapeutic technique to relieve tension.
Purging of the digestive system.
Origin: From κάθαρσις, from καθαίρω
a natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the mouth, bowels, etc
Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. . See Cathartic.]
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.
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The release of ideas, thoughts, and repressed material from the unconscious, accompanied by an emotional response and relief. (From Dorland, 28th ed)
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The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
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