V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a purification through the purging of emotions or negative feelings; 2. a purging of emotional or psychological complexes that may have been repressed; 3. a physical purgation
Synonyms: purgation, purification, release, relief, transference, cleansing
Antonyms: dirtying, defilement
Tips: Catharsis comes from the Greek word kathairein, which means "to purge or clean." The related adjective cathartic describes something that is cleansing or brings about a release or purging of emotions.
It took several years of therapy for him to undergo the emotional catharsis he needed to put the past behind him. (release, purgation)
I always find writing in my journal to be cathartic because it helps me sort through my thoughts and emotions. (purging, relieving) adjective
For many people, reliving their past through hypnosis can bring about catharsis and relief from their depression. (release, purification)
Doctors and scientists now believe that dreams are important for catharsis from daily problems. (relief, cleansing)
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder
The definition and lessons for the word catharsis were made available by the .
The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.
Visit the thesite right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!