[ kuh-thahr-tik ]
/ kəˈθɑr tɪk /
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of or relating to catharsis.
Also ca·thar·ti·cal. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
OTHER WORDS FOR cathartic
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Origin of cathartic
OTHER WORDS FROM cathartic
ca·thar·ti·cal·ly, adverbca·thar·ti·cal·ness, nounhy·per·ca·thar·tic, adjectivenon·ca·thar·tic, adjective, noun
non·ca·thar·ti·cal, adjectivesem·i·ca·thar·tic, adjectiveun·ca·thar·tic, adjective
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How to use cathartic in a sentence
If the event was not exactly cathartic, it was at least cause for introspection.Sleaford Mods gets introspective, but don’t think they’ve gone soft|Zachary Lipez|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
“I'm not sure whether the role of this tool is going to be investigative or cathartic,” he said.In D.C., a resident tracks the flying machines hovering above on the city’s ‘helicopter highway’|Justin Wm. Moyer|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
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 cathartic
/ (kəˈθɑːtɪk) /
a purgative drug or agent
Derived forms of catharticcathartically, adverb
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