cathartic

[ kuh-thahr-tik ]
/ kəˈθɑr tɪk /

adjective

of or relating to catharsis.
Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.

noun

a purgative.

Origin of cathartic

1605–15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic

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Examples from the Web for cathartically

  • Better still, Kill Your Friends, despite its 1997 setting, feels bracingly, cathartically, of the moment.

    The Sound of Violence|Taylor Antrim|February 17, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for cathartically

cathartic
/ (kəˈθɑːtɪk) /

adjective

purgative
effecting catharsis

noun

a purgative drug or agent

Derived forms of cathartic

cathartically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for cathartically

cathartic
[ kə-thärtĭk ]

adj.

Inducing catharsis; purgative.

n.

An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
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