Cathartic Definition

kə-thärtĭk
adjective
Of or effecting catharsis; purging.
Webster's New World
The definition of cathartic is something cleansing.
An example of cathartic is getting rid of clothes that no longer fit.
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That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience.

Wiktionary
noun
A medicine for stimulating evacuation of the bowels; purgative.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Cathartic

Noun

Singular:
cathartic
Plural:
cathartics

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

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