- The definition of cathartic is something cleansing.
An example of cathartic is getting rid of clothes that no longer fit.
Origin of catharticClassical Greek kathartikos
Origin of catharticLL catharticum
Origin of catharticLate Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein, to purge; see catharsis.
(comparative more cathartic, superlative most cathartic)
- A laxative
From Ancient Greek κάθαρσις (katharsis, “cleansing, purification”)