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
Pink makes a cathartic, empowering comeback with a new single after five years without releasing an album.
When this vision is made manifest, its violence is more ritualistic than cathartic, an encounter whose unlikelihood in literal-minded terms encourages us to read it as myth.
Sitting in front of the camera, as their mother so memorably did back in 1995 for that infamous Panorama interview, has clearly been a cathartic experience for the two princes.
Everyone can understand the cathartic abandon of a Carnival parade, after all.
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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?
In addition to being my daily cathartic release, dance also has provided me with limitless opportunities for growth as a student and as a person.
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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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