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n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-sēz)
1. Medicine Purgation, especially for the digestive system.
2. A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.
3. A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.
a. A technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness.
b. The therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.
[New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein, to purge, from katharos, pure.]
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n, pl -ses
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in Aristotelian literary criticism) the purging or purification of the emotions through the evocation of pity and fear, as in tragedy
2. (Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the bringing of repressed ideas or experiences into consciousness, thus relieving tensions. See also abreaction
3. (Medicine) purgation, esp of the bowels
[C19: New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein to purge, purify]
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n., pl. -ses (-siz)
1. the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. through a work of art, as of tragedy or music.
2. Med. purgation.
3. Psychiatry. a discharge of repressed or pent-up emotions resulting in the alleviation of symptoms or the elimination of the condition.
[1795–1805; < New Latin < Greek kátharsis a cleansing, derivative of katharós pure]
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(in the Aristotelian concept of art, especially with reference to tragic drama) the purging of the emotions, traditionally said to be those of pity and fear. See also psychology.See also: Drama
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The release of pent-up feelings and repressed emotions after a subject has begun to talk about problems during analysis.
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noun release, cleansing, purging, purification, purgation, abreaction Writing acted as a catharsis for all his painful feelings.
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catharsis[kəˈθɑːsɪs] N (catharses (pl)) → catarsis f
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catharsis[kəˈθɑːrsɪs] n → catharsis f
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1. acción purgativa;
2. análisis con el fin terapéutico de liberar al paciente de un estado de ansiedad.
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catharsisn (psych) catarsis f
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