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Origin of cathartic
Examples from the Web for cathartic
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|DAILY BEAST
In that way that was cathartic too, to sort of stitch up all those pieces and see how that is.
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.|Melissa Leon|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The show offers no cathartic “gotcha” moments, no easy answers, and no rapid-fire dialogue.
And Westerners – especially those with interest in these regions of the world – reacted with great, cathartic enthusiasm.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
It actually has emetic and cathartic properties, but even these are inferior to those possessed by many other drugs.
It is no cathartic method, abreacting real and phantastic "traumata," with or without hypnosis.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung
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It is a General Sedative, and a Cathartic; in large doses, an irritant poison.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
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.