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
Swearing can offer emotional catharsis and improve productivity.
Look at it as an opportunity: When you can't get rid of lingering feelings, getting rid of photos can be a catharsis.
When someone is able to claw through to the highly uncomfortable underneath, where truth and discovery and humor and catharsis live.
Artistic reinvention and personal catharsis have provided creative and commercial fuel for artists as varied as Prince, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Bob Dylan.
But somehow this project of mine became relevant all over the world, including the U.S. This need for catharsis seemed to be everywhere.
There's little here in the way of catharsis, but there's a sense that talking beats back the loudness of absence.
This weekend is sure to bring more of you into the streets for a few days of commotion and catharsis.
DeMarcus Cousins’s return to Sacramento was more catharsis than revenge.
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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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