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Meaning of CATHARSIS

Pronunciation:  ku'thârsis

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  1. \Ca*thar"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?. See {Cathartic}.]
    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
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