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 song’s softly triumphant climax is the only real emotional catharsis, and it is beautifully understated.
Striking a nerve Several artists playing Summerfest this year will perform new personal songs that strike a nerve, or offer catharsis, in our sociopolitical climate.
Nobody asked me, but pundits who pooh-pooh postulations of a blue wave in Maryland discount the possibility of unprecedented personal purgations at the polls — that is, voting as catharsis.
They were known in some circles, but remained the sort of story one expects to never reach the mainstream, let alone catharsis.
Metal purists may cringe at the vulnerability, but Clarke and the band’s cofounder, guitarist Kerry McCoy, are in the catharsis business.
Speaking of Lips, this song by the Philly band fronted by Chrissy Tashjianis by no means a happy one, but its gnarly guitar riff and catchy hook does deliver plenty of catharsis.
And different times call for different forms of catharsis.
This could have been one month of national escape, even catharsis, at a time when America is more divided politically and more bitter than any time in the last half-century.
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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.
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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