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
But social media campaigns, while self-expressive and cathartic, are one thing.
To say that the effect is cathartic or therapeutic is to understate things by an order of magnitude.
The Cubs won the World Series last year in beautiful and cathartic fashion, but entered the Chicago portion of this series already trailing by two games and with a team that clearly didn't stack up to last year's version.
The finale is the season's most satisfying and cathartic episode, as the gang's relief at the reappearance of Will (Noah Schnapp) is tempered by their grief over Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who seemingly sacrificed herself to destroy the monster.
The multi-city event originated in Boston, where more than 4,000 planned to head to Boston Common for the cathartic scream session.
Ramgopal hopes that saying good-bye to her old music will be cathartic.
The couple said their pre-move decluttering was cathartic.
The spectacle of a mob having its way with a flimsy, puckered scrap of metal felt at once shocking and cathartic, a communal rejection of bigotry and an instance of everyday Americans stepping up where the government had fallen short.
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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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