SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative. Origin of cathartic 1605–15;
Late Latin catharticus
fit for cleansing. See
-tic Related forms 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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Better still, Kill Your Friends, despite its 1997 setting, feels bracingly,
cathartically, of the moment. British Dictionary definitions for cathartically adjective purgative effecting catharsis noun a purgative drug or agent Derived Forms cathartically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cathartically adj.
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.
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cathartically in Medicine adj. Inducing catharsis; purgative. n. An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
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