- of or relating to catharsis.
- Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
- a purgative.
Origin of cathartic
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The acknowledgment of these crimes, which came as part of an amnesty for them, was a cathartic moment for El Salvador.Bringing El Salvador Nun Killers to Justice
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It was a cathartic moment for the brand, though far from a guarantee to help restore it to its glory days.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
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In that way that was cathartic too, to sort of stitch up all those pieces and see how that is.Richard Blanco’s Gay Latino Poet Survival Kit
October 8, 2014
Both this and your next film, Listen Up Philip, are breakup stories—is it cathartic to act through stories like these?Is Elisabeth Moss the One 'True Detective' Loves? She Doesn't Deny It.
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The show offers no cathartic “gotcha” moments, no easy answers, and no rapid-fire dialogue.Stop Everything and Go Watch ‘Rectify'
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Irritant, cathartic, stimulant, and antiseptic; one to one and a half pounds.Cattle and Their Diseases
Take a cathartic; notify the physician at once and follow his directions.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
Dispensatory: Described as a cathartic with roots tonic and aperient.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees
Emetic, cathartic with calomel; then sorbentia, chalybeates, Peruvian bark.Zoonomia, Vol. II
From fifteen to twenty grains are an ordinary dose for a cathartic.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
- effecting catharsis
- a purgative drug or agent
Word Origin and History for cathartic
1610s, of medicines, from Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos "fit for cleansing, purgative," from katharsis "purging, cleansing" (see catharsis). General sense is from 1670s. Related: Cathartical.
- Inducing catharsis; purgative.
- An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.