abreaction

noun
ab·​re·​ac·​tion | \ ˌa-brē-ˈak-shən How to pronounce abreaction (audio) \

Definition of abreaction

: the expression and emotional discharge of unconscious material (such as a repressed idea or emotion) by verbalization especially in the presence of a therapist

Other Words from abreaction

abreact \ ˌa-​brē-​ˈakt How to pronounce abreaction (audio) \ verb

Examples of abreaction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All must be resolved now by collective abreaction, whereby literary critics will be the handmaidens of a sort of universal truth-and-reconciliation event: cathartic Rapture. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of abreaction

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abreaction

partial translation of German Abreagieren, noun use of abreagieren "to release or express (an emotion previously repressed or forgotten)," from ab "down, from" (going back to Old High German aba) + reagieren "to react," borrowed from French réagir, borrowed (with adaptation to agir "to act, take effect") from New Latin reagere — more at of entry 1, react

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The first known use of abreaction was in 1912

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26 Nov 2021

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“Abreaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abreaction. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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abreaction

noun
ab·​re·​ac·​tion | \ ˌab-rē-ˈak-shən How to pronounce abreaction (audio) \

Medical Definition of abreaction

: the expression and emotional discharge of unconscious material (as a repressed idea or emotion) by verbalization especially in the presence of a therapist — compare catharsis sense 2

Other Words from abreaction

abreact \ -​ˈakt How to pronounce abreaction (audio) \ verb

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