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
There’s a gesture toward catharsis when Isabel and Dina reconnect, but Fu smartly resists sentimentality.
For her, its conventions enabled catharsis, the expiation of fear of the unknown—as embodied by the serial killer who stalks the pages of this work whistling hymns and wrapping his dog’s leash around the necks of five women.
There were so many incredible games last year that pushed the medium far beyond Destiny’s lizard-brain catharsis of cool headshots, which had carried me so well since 2014.
My mother would save the sad cackling and the catharsis of her husband-bashing for phone calls with her closer friends during the drive.
The music sometimes serves as emotional catharsis, at those moments when a strong sentiment is best expressed without words.
Guests will find that some anonymous stories may be humorous and others more emotional, with all possibly providing a sense of catharsis.
Certainly names like Kendrick Lamar, Patti LuPone, Cardi B and Rihanna, who served up some of the most thrilling performances of Sunday night's broadcast, with Kesha, Lady Gaga and Maren Morris delivering moments of emotional catharsis.
On the album, and on stage especially, there's also compelling catharsis, and ultimately, an inspiring sense of hope.
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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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