of or relating to catharsis.
Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
One hopes they will lose in court, but if they settle, may the punitive clobbering be profound—and cathartic.
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The show offers no cathartic “gotcha” moments, no easy answers, and no rapid-fire dialogue.
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A cathartic moment we can only hope played out in real life.
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In that way that was cathartic too, to sort of stitch up all those pieces and see how that is.
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“I hope that some of it is cathartic—for both the viewer and the people in the work,” Wearing says.
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Hooper’s Female Pills had been from the beginning a cathartic and emmenagogue.
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Dispensatory: Described as a cathartic with roots tonic and aperient.
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Give a cathartic, such as castor oil, as soon as cold appears.
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From fifteen to twenty grains are an ordinary dose for a cathartic.
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If needed as a cathartic, they are better given as such on an empty stomach; then the system quickly gets rid of them.
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a purgative drug or agent
1610s, of medicines, from Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos “fit for cleansing, purgative,” from katharsis “purging, cleansing” (see catharsis). General sense is from 1670s. Related: Cathartical.
cathartic ca·thar·tic (kə-thär’tĭk)
Inducing catharsis; purgative. n.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
of or relating to catharsis. Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative. a purgative. Contemporary Examples Better still, Kill Your Friends, despite its 1997 setting, feels bracingly, cathartically, of the moment. The Sound of Violence Taylor Antrim February 16, 2009 adjective purgative effecting catharsis noun a purgative drug or agent adj. 1610s, of medicines, from Latin […]
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to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person). adj. 1936, psychoanalysis jargon, back-formation from cathectic (1927), from Greek kathektikos, from kathexis (see cathexis).
the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea. the charge of psychic energy so invested. adjective of or relating to cathexis noun (pl) -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz) (psychoanal) concentration of psychic energy on a single goal n. 1922, from Latinized form of Greek kathexis “holding, retention,” from PIE root *segh- “to hold” (see scheme […]