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Meaning of CATHARSIS

Pronunciation:  ku'thârsis

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
  2. [n]  purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
 

CATHARSIS is a 9 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: abreaction, katharsis, purgation
 
 See Also: purge, purging

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ca*thar"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?. See {Cathartic}.]
    (Med.)
    A natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the
    mouth, bowels, etc.
    
    
  2. \Ca*thar"sis\, n. (Psychotherapy)
    The process of relieving an abnormal excitement by
    re["e]stablishing the association of the emotion with the
    memory or idea of the event that first caused it, and of
    eliminating it by complete expression (called the
    abreaction).
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abreaction, abstersion, acting-out, bloody flux, BM, bowdlerization, bowel movement, cleaning, cleansing, crap, defecation, dejection, deliverance, detersion, diarrhea, discharge, dry cleaning, dysentery, emotional release, evacuation, expurgation, flux, freeing, intermission, lientery, loose bowels, lustration, motor abreaction, movement, outlet, psychocatharsis, psychodrama, purgation, purge, purging, purification, release, release therapy, removal, reprieve, respite, runs, shit, shits, steam cleaning, stool, surcease, suspension, trots, turistas, voidance
 

 

 

 

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