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cathartic

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adjective ca·thar·tic \kə-ˈthär-tik\

Definition of cathartic

  1. :  of, relating to, or producing catharsis <cathartic drugs> <a cathartic experience>

ca·thar·tic·al·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of cathartic

  1. There's something cathartic about a punch in the nose. —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 28 Jan. 2002

  2. But Vietnam is hard to sell as a tidy, cathartic morality tale of troubled times overcome. —Jennifer Homans, New Republic, 2 & 9 Dec. 2002

  3. Many veterans, at first reluctant to speak, ultimately uncorked their emotions in a cathartic explosion. —Stanley Karnow, New York Times Book Review, 22 Nov. 1992

  4. It provokes no healthy tears, whereas Cervantes never fails … to open the cathartic floodgates. —Anthony Burgess, Homage to Qwert Yuiop: Selected Journalism 1978-1985, 1986



Origin of cathartic

Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein (see catharsis)


First Known Use: 1612

Rhymes with cathartic


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cathartic

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noun ca·thar·tic \kə-ˈthär-tik\

Definition of cathartic

  1. :  a medicine that causes the bowels to be purged :  purgative



Origin of cathartic

(see 1cathartic)


First Known Use: 1651


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