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
abreactplay \-ˈakt\ verb
Origin and Etymology of 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 1of, react
First Known Use: 1912
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