[ ther-uh-pee ]
See synonyms for: therapytherapies on

noun,plural ther·a·pies.
  1. the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process: speech therapy.

  2. a curative power or quality.

  1. any act, hobby, task, program, etc., that relieves tension.

Origin of therapy

1840–50; <New Latin therapīa<Greek therapeía healing (akin to therápōn attendant)

Other words from therapy

  • self-ther·a·py, noun, plural self·-ther·a·pies.

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British Dictionary definitions for therapy


/ (ˈθɛrəpɪ) /

nounplural -pies
    • the treatment of physical, mental, or social disorders or disease

    • (in combination): physiotherapy; electrotherapy

Origin of therapy

C19: from New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia attendance; see therapeutic

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Cultural definitions for therapy


Treatment intended to cure or alleviate an illness or injury, whether physical or mental.

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