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
The movie that can wring catharsis out of that will be a long time coming.
The catharsis of watching the Hood family prepare for Turkey Day during the Vietnam War era will make everyone feel better about their weird family.
What they are engaged in isn’t politics, but theater: play-acting in the hopes of achieving catharsis.
To call this catharsis in 2017 would be an understatement.
Every week, at least one person tells me how Chester and Linkin Park's music touched their lives, serving as a release, a catharsis, a therapy for inner turmoil.
Rossi and Okpokwasili reduce black cultural affectation to a mode that whites can easily comprehend by denying the sustenance of humor and catharsis that is the entire raison d’être of Girls Trip.
This movie isn’t the racial catharsis of watching apes strike a Django-like blow against their human (i.e., white) oppressors.
Racquet smashing is the most common means of catharsis.
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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
CATHARSIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of catharsis for English Language Learners
: the act or process of releasing a strong emotion (such as pity or fear) especially by expressing it in an art form
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