noun, plural ca·thar·ses [kuh-thahr-seez]. /kəˈθɑr siz/.
- psychotherapy that encourages or permits the discharge of pent-up, socially unacceptable affects.
- discharge of pent-up emotions so as to result in the alleviation of symptoms or the permanent relief of the condition.
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Origin of catharsis
OTHER WORDS FROM catharsishy·per·ca·thar·sis, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for catharsis
Beabadoobee is at her best when she sounds like a friend shouldering your emotional baggage, translating heartbreak and disappointment into true catharsis.Beabadoobee wants to show you she’s more than a viral TikTok song|Anying Guo|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
In Aristotle’s Poetics, he argues that catharsis is the central effect of great drama—a feeling of purgation and reawakening forged from a deep link between the audience and the protagonist.
Movie theaters are the best environment for catharsis, but they need to respond to shifts in attitudes and taste.
Flanagan seems to rely on emotional catharsis to divert audiences from the way his plots tend to collapse onto themselves in the finale.Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a calm, loving study in how to exorcise your ghosts|Aja Romano|October 9, 2020|Vox
Your emotions find catharsis in the opera—circumspectly, in the darkness.
People for whom a game that openly invites such jokes is a liberating catharsis.
Listen closely enough, and you can hear a bit of emotional catharsis.Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music?|Kevin Fallon|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I always feel that making the film is the catharsis that stops the nightmares, if you will.James Cameron on How to Find Flight MH370, Climate Change, Leonardo DiCaprio, and More|Marlow Stern|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Encountering such exaggerations on the page serves as a kind of catharsis, and provides a kind of perspective.Lifetime’s ‘Flowers in the Attic’ Review: The Incest Is There, The Strange Magic Is Not|Andrew Romano|January 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If crying is the holy grail of therapeutic catharsis, I am clearly failing.‘LA Shrinks’: A Television Writer Discovers His Shrink Is on a Bravo Reality Show|Mike Chessler|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He however refers only to the catharsis upon the spectator, but not to that of the author's work upon himself.
He had no sympathy with the poetry that had a social message and he did not understand its effect as a catharsis.
The bowels should be kept open by some mild catharsis, as castor oil or a pill of aloes.The Ladies Book of Useful Information|Anonymous
Her simple faith in immanent good was working upon his mind like a spiritual catharsis, to purge it of its clogging beliefs.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
Doses of from two to ten grains may be repeated at suitable intervals until catharsis has been produced.
British Dictionary definitions for catharsis
noun plural -ses
Word Origin for catharsis
Medical definitions for catharsis
n. pl. ca•thar•ses (-sēz)
Cultural definitions for catharsis
An experience of emotional release and purification, often inspired by or through art. In psychoanalysis, catharsis is the release of tension and anxiety that results from bringing repressed feelings and memories into consciousness.