Examples of cathartic in a Sentence
There's something cathartic about a punch in the nose. —Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated, 28 Jan. 2002
But Vietnam is hard to sell as a tidy, cathartic morality tale of troubled times overcome. —Jennifer Homans, New Republic, 2 & 9 Dec. 2002
Many veterans, at first reluctant to speak, ultimately uncorked their emotions in a cathartic explosion. —Stanley Karnow, New York Times Book Review, 22 Nov. 1992
It provokes no healthy tears, whereas Cervantes never fails … to open the cathartic floodgates. —Anthony Burgess, Homage to Qwert Yuiop: Selected Journalism 1978-1985, 1986
Recent Examples of cathartic from the Web
Everyone can understand the cathartic abandon of a Carnival parade, after all.
The trainer cited the last career race of 2011 Preakness Champion Shackleford as a particularly cathartic day beneath the Twin Spires.
How cathartic can music be in the wake of a soul-sapping tragedy?
Cry A good, cathartic cry might be just what the doctor ordered.
In spins a web of math rock and the Strokes, and – at live shows, a party atmosphere that provides an almost-cathartic release.
Curry had already spun James around in a cathartic remix of 2016.
The full moon is likely going to feel charged and cathartic, so make time to spend Saturday for yourself.
For the Kentucky native, the album was cathartic and helped him get over a real-life breakup.
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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.
Medical Definition of cathartic
: a cathartic medicine : purgative
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