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tr.v. ab·re·act·ed, ab·re·act·ing, ab·re·acts
To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.
[Translation of German abreagieren : ab-, away + reagieren, to react.]
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(Psychoanalysis) (tr) to alleviate (emotional tension) through abreaction
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|Verb||1.||abreact - discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization|
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
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