Definitions for cathartickəˈθɑr tɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purgative, cathartic, physic, aperient(adj)

    a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

  2. cathartic, psychotherapeutic(adj)

    emotionally purging

  3. cathartic, releasing(adj)

    emotionally purging (of e.g. art)

  4. cathartic, evacuant, purgative(adj)

    strongly laxative


  1. cathartic(Noun)

    A laxative

  2. cathartic(Adjective)

    purgative; inducing catharsis

  3. cathartic(Adjective)

    That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience

  4. Origin: From κάθαρσις

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cathartic(adj)

    alt. of Catharical

  2. Cathartic(noun)

    a medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity

  3. Origin: [Gr. .]


  1. Cathartic

    In medicine, a cathartic is a substance that accelerates defecation. This is in contrast to a laxative, which is a substance which eases defecation, usually by softening feces. It is possible for a substance to be both a laxative and a cathartic. However, agents such as psyllium seed husks increase the bulk of the feces. Cathartics such as sorbitol, magnesium citrate, magnesium sulfate, or sodium sulfate were previously used as a form of gastrointestinal decontamination following poisoning via ingestion. They are no longer routinely recommended for poisonings. High-dose cathartics may be an effective means of ridding the lower gastrointestinal tract of toxins; however, they carry a risk of electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. During the 1918 flu pandemic, cathartics were used in the Fort Lewis, WA, area. An original report by Elizabeth J. Davies, a public health nurse, mentions cathartics, pneumonia jackets and copious amount of drinks as treatments for influenza patients. Blood is a cathartic. Gastrointestinal bleeding will cause diarrhea.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jake Gyllenhaal:

    It was incredibly cathartic. You feel like a kid.

  2. Shannen Doherty:

    Putting it out there must be cathartic for her, it's her way of dealing with it, maybe that's her form of therapy.

  3. Celia Neustadt:

    I think that the trainings have been really cathartic for police officers to be able to talk about... how they want to be understood and better communicate with teenagers, the officers we're working with really want to fix this tension, just like the teenagers that we work with want to.

  4. Stuart Graham:

    We believe Mr Cryan will be able to review the size and scale of the investment bank with a much harsher lens than Mr Jain, the execution risk is higher than normal at Deutsche, but so too is the investor unhappiness. We therefore expect the shares to out-perform, at least for the next few months, on the back of this cathartic management change.

  5. Aldous Huxley:

    Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • разхлаби́телен, разхлаби́телноBulgarian
  • kathartisch, abführend, Abführmittel, erlösendGerman
  • catárticoSpanish
  • [[ulostus, ulostuslääke, laksatiivi, ulostusaineFinnish
  • cathartiqueFrench
  • hashajtó, katartikusHungarian
  • 下薬, 下剤Japanese
  • louterend, lbevrijdendDutch
  • слаби́тельный, слаби́тельноеRussian
  • renande, förlösandeSwedish

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