Cathartic meaning

kə-thärtĭk
That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience.
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A medicine for stimulating evacuation of the bowels; purgative.
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The definition of cathartic is something cleansing.

An example of cathartic is getting rid of clothes that no longer fit.

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An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
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Of or effecting catharsis; purging.
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Inducing catharsis; purgative.
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Inducing catharsis; purgative.
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An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
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Origin of cathartic

  • Late Latin catharticus from Greek kathartikos from kathairein to purge catharsis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek κάθαρσις (katharsis, “cleansing, purification”)

    From Wiktionary