- catharine wheel,
Origin of cathartic
Examples from the Web for cathartically
Better still, Kill Your Friends, despite its 1997 setting, feels bracingly, cathartically, of the moment.
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.