of or relating to catharsis.
Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
- ca·thar·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- ca·thar·ti·cal·ness, noun
- hy·per·ca·thar·tic, adjective
- non·ca·thar·tic, adjective, noun
- non·ca·thar·ti·cal, adjective
- sem·i·ca·thar·tic, adjective
- un·ca·thar·tic, adjective
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How to use cathartic in a sentence
They produce a magnificent chemistry that not only gives the audience full understanding of the love they exude for each other, but also a cathartic desire to be one of them.‘Firebird’ is an instantly classic LGBTQ love story | Rob Watson | August 24, 2021 | Washington Blade
It’s true that high-intensity workouts can give you cathartic release through a rush of positive emotions and clarity.
It’ll be really cathartic to get to play certain songs again.Japanese Breakfast isn’t the artist she used to be | Alexa Lee | June 4, 2021 | Vox
Perhaps disgust is cathartic to enjoy when there’s no real threat of contamination, just like it’s cathartic to feel the rush of heart-pounding thrillers or tragedies.
I also appreciated that Cassie’s death paid off one of the ideas that Promising Young Woman laid out early on, which is that her revenge was not going to be cathartic and sexy.Promising Young Woman’s explosive ending and Best Picture chances, explained | Emily VanDerWerff | April 16, 2021 | Vox
There was something cathartic about deleting this 2,500-word monster of a farewell, and resolving to live.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Someone once asked me, did I find writing personally cathartic.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination | Mindy Farabee | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The acknowledgment of these crimes, which came as part of an amnesty for them, was a cathartic moment for El Salvador.
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 | Alex Suskind | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In that way that was cathartic too, to sort of stitch up all those pieces and see how that is.
The latter is an active emeto-cathartic, and is abundant on swampy grounds throughout the Southern States.The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
Sometimes, a gentle cathartic may be needful; but it is best first to try fasting.A Treatise on Domestic Economy | Catherine Esther Beecher
cathartic medicine should not be administered the first, the third, or any other day after confinement, unless it is needed.The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
The cathartic waters are the most numerous and the most extensively used.Saratoga and How to See It | R. F. Dearborn
Two or three glasses in the morning is the dose as a cathartic.Saratoga and How to See It | R. F. Dearborn
British Dictionary definitions for cathartic
a purgative drug or agent
- cathartically, adverb
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