(in medieval Europe) a member of any of several rigorously ascetic Christian sects maintaining a dualistic theology.
Cathar′sis, evacuation of the bowels; Cathart′ic, a purgative medicine; Cathar′tin, the purgative principle of senna.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
Here seems to belong in the order of development the Cathar Eucharist (see Cathars).
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noun (pl) -ars, -ari (-ərɪ), -arists
a member of a Christian sect in Provence in the 12th and 13th centuries who believed the material world was evil and only the spiritual was good
1570s, “religious puritan” (implied in Catharism), from Medieval Latin Cathari “the Pure,” name taken by Novatians and other Christian sects, from New Testament Greek katharezein “to make clean,” from Greek katheros “pure.” Related: Catharist.
Catherine wheel. Historical Examples It has five lights, and the head of the window contains a fine catharine-wheel. Bell’s Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury H. J. L. J. Mass
the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music. Medicine/Medical. purgation. Psychiatry. psychotherapy that encourages or permits the discharge of pent-up, socially unacceptable affects. discharge of pent-up emotions so as to result in the alleviation of symptoms or the permanent relief of the condition. […]
of or relating to catharsis. Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative. a purgative. Contemporary Examples One hopes they will lose in court, but if they settle, may the punitive clobbering be profound—and cathartic. The Hearing From Hell Tunku Varadarajan April 26, 2010 The show offers no cathartic “gotcha” moments, no easy answers, and no rapid-fire […]
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 […]