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
Marchant said completing the program is cathartic, not just for the participants and their families who are just as invested in their loved one’s success, but for him and the staff as well.
The Pacers already had this game in hand, leading 74-57 during a cathartic third period, their best quarter of the series, when Oladipo got loose and headed for the rim.
Rajneesh and his group leaders in Pune took the various cathartic therapy and meditation techniques associated with the human potential movement far beyond their usual limits of duration and intensity.
The process was cathartic, cleansing, transformative.
Those who enjoy their comedy with a hefty helping of cathartic anger punctuated by indignant finger pointing could do no better than this veteran comedian.
For any Democrats looking for a completely cathartic experience in James Comey's new book, prepare to be disappointed.
Like a meme, the commercial is cathartic and unexpectedly empowering.
Qari's refined, nonchalant cool, Supa's cathartic melodies, and Mulatto Beats' electric menagerie of unconventional instrumentals soon made Hurt Everybody one of the most exciting new acts in the city.
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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.
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