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cathartic

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

bringing about a relief from strong emotions usually by expressing them
  • It was very cathartic to finally tell my childhood bully exactly what I thought of him.

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cathartic

noun

Synonyms of cathartic (Entry 2 of 2)

a substance used to induce or speed up the process of defecation
  • Epsom salts, when ingested, act as a cathartic.

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The first known use of cathartic was in 1612

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“Cathartic.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cathartic. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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