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
Yet his sentence brought no catharsis, least of all to Judge Cox, who at times seemed pained while imposing it.
Céline Dion embraced a whole new fashion phase last year as a way to find comfort and catharsis after the loss of her husband, René Angélil, and brother Daniel.
And all of these moments tended to get short shrift in favor of the ongoing story of Jack’s death, with characters speaking of his goodness in increasingly outsized ways in order to amp up the eventual catharsis of his onscreen death.
Their arrival, which Smith frequently moved backward and forward in the film’s chronology, isn’t just the emotional climax of Dunkirk but also a crucial moment of catharsis.
For Schneider, the catharsis of writing equated to a means for survival.
Radio call-in shows offer catharsis and survival tips.
The result is a potentially timely and provocative story that’s all over the map, never quite building to an effective enough crescendo or catharsis.
San Franciscans were denied the catharsis of pushing a button and reducing Candlestick Park to dust, but the aging, misbegotten stadium was razed by 2015.
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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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