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.
Origin of catharsis
Examples from the Web for catharsis
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
In fact, on Wednesday, one of the most popular term tags used was “catharsis.”The Cannibal Cop and the Dark, Secret World of Cannibal Porn|Caroline Linton|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thus, catharsis, in a physiological sense, has been difficult to substantiate, but the results are by no means conclusive.
This has some associations with the theory of catharsis, a view that is linked to purification and cleansing.
Evacuations by venesection and catharsis, and then by the exhibition of opium.Zoonomia, Vol. II|Erasmus Darwin
He had no sympathy with the poetry that had a social message and he did not understand its effect as a catharsis.
He however refers only to the catharsis upon the spectator, but not to that of the author's work upon himself.
There are certainly times when catharsis is necessary but "one thing is certain, the day for routine purgation is past."Outwitting Our Nerves|Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
It does not touch the ‘catharsis’ of tragedy, which is another matter.The Comedies of William Congreve|William Congreve
noun plural -ses
Word Origin for catharsis
1803, "bodily purging," from Latinized form of Greek katharsis "purging, cleansing," from stem of kathairein "to purify, purge," from katharos "pure, clear of dirt, clean, spotless; open, free; clear of shame or guilt; purified" (with most of the extended senses now found in Modern English clear, clean, pure), of unknown origin. Originally medical in English; of emotions from 1872; psychotherapy sense first recorded 1909, in Brill's translation of Freud.
n. pl. ca•thar•ses (-sēz)
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.