cathartic


1ca·thar·tic

adjective \kə-ˈthär-tik\

Definition of CATHARTIC

:  of, relating to, or producing catharsis <cathartic drugs> <a cathartic experience>
ca·thar·tic·al·ly \-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

Origin of CATHARTIC

Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein (see catharsis)
First Known Use: 1612

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fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with CATHARTIC

2ca·thar·tic

noun \kə-ˈthär-tik\

Definition of CATHARTIC

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

Origin of CATHARTIC

(see 1cathartic)
First Known Use: 1651

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum

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