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
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.
The way Shannon delivers the line is at once hilarious, cathartic, and magnetizing.
After a very long and very public legal battle with Dr. Luke, Kesha returned with this gorgeous, cathartic ballad about gaining strength from the darker moments in life.
Vegas led 4-0 in less than 11 minutes, well on its way to a cathartic victory.
Actually, writing about difficult subjects can be cathartic for the audience, greased with jokes and slid their way.
The book offers readers an equivalent array of instantly familiar moods: anger, desire, pain, self-pity, self-reflection, and cathartic bursts of affirmation.
Sandler and Stiller’s climactic shoving match never becomes cathartic like the brotherly touch in Crooked Hearts (one of the best films of Baumbach’s ex-wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh).
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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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