Examples of catharsis in a Sentence
- She has learned to have her catharsis, take a deep breath and move on. … she does not dwell on the negative anymore. —Selena Roberts, New York Times, 24 June 2001
- … malevolence is expressed in his decision to absent himself from the courtroom, thereby denying some victims of his torture the catharsis of compelling him to hear their stories of survival. —George F. Will, Newsweek, 25 May 1987
- … there's the need for catharsis. If you play it all back a second time, you may wear away some of the pain, as you wear away a record with replaying. —Anatole Broyard, New York Times Book Review, 14 Nov. 1982
- As soon as we emerged from the gates of the White House, I became aware of that sea of faces. … I wanted to cry for them and with them, but it was impossible to permit the catharsis of tears. —Lady Bird Johnson 24 Nov. 1963, in A White House Diary, 1970
Acting is a means of catharsis for her.
Painting is a catharsis for me.
Recent Examples of catharsis from the Web
As the first big terrorist trial to take place since that new wave of attacks, the Merah trial has been seen here as hugely symbolic, a chance to put a face to a more widespread phenomenon, even an opportunity for national catharsis.
When the dust settled on the Astor Place Riot, perhaps the most unsettling takeaway was that the damage and bloodshed had offered no lasting catharsis for the aggrieved, and only deepened the gulf between have and have-not.
Michael, the white father of Leonie’s children, is the only glimpse of catharsis on the horizon—at least for Leonie.
The latter closed off the evening with Schwarzenbach and his guitar collapsed in catharsis on the stage floor, bandmates and giddy onlookers surrounding.
Watching Mayweather pummel McGregor was like post-Charlottesville, Va., catharsis for black America.
That we weren't forced to suffer through a tearful goodbye made the episode feel like the opposite of catharsis.
Following last week's extremely gruesome episode, the latest installment of American Horror Story: Cult contains a lot of catharsis.
As the Full Frontal host blazed through a scathing monologue about the growing scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, some of her viewers—particularly women—likely felt the catharsis that other late-night programs have failed to deliver.
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Word History of catharsis and cathartic
Catharsis and cathartic both trace to the Greek word kathairein, meaning “to cleanse, purge.” Catharsis entered English as a medical term having to do with purging the body—and especially the bowels—of unwanted material. The adjective cathartic entered English with a meaning descriptive of such a physically cleansing purge. It didn’t take long for people to start using these words figuratively in reference to emotional release and spiritual cleansing.
Origin and Etymology of catharsis
First Known Use: circa 1775See Words from the same year
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