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ca·thar·sis

 (kə-thär′sĭs)
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.
4. Psychology
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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catharsis

(kəˈθɑːsɪs)
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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ca•thar•sis

(kəˈθɑr sɪs)

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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catharsis

(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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catharsis

The release of pent-up feelings and repressed emotions after a subject has begun to talk about problems during analysis.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catharsis - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensionscatharsis - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
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"
2.catharsis - purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
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catharsis

noun release, cleansing, purging, purification, purgation, abreaction Writing acted as a catharsis for all his painful feelings.
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catharsis

noun
Medicine. The act or process of discharging bodily wastes or foreign substances:
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catharsis

[kəˈθɑːsɪs] N (catharses (pl)) → catarsis f
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catharsis

[kəˈθɑːrsɪs] ncatharsis f
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catharsis

n
(Med) → Darmreinigung f, → Darmentleerung f
(Liter, Philos) → Katharsis f, → Läuterung f
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ca·thar·sis

n. catarsis.
1. acción purgativa;
2. análisis con el fin terapéutico de liberar al paciente de un estado de ansiedad.
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catharsis

n (psych) catarsis f
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