Adjective "cathartic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.
  1. 'Sometimes it's cathartic to open up about the sad stuff.'
  2. 'But beyond the monetary considerations, her renaming ordeal has also proved emotionally cathartic.'
  3. 'All people, including Chinese people, crave the cathartic release that laughter provides.'
  4. 'It was a great, great, great show, a very cathartic release.'
  5. 'We were witnessing the cathartic expression of raw experience that could be the foundation of a profoundly moving work and perhaps one day it will.'
  6. 'It's been a cathartic experience for all of us.'
  7. 'As an expression of community solidarity, and as a cathartic public moment of defiance in the face of the threat of personal loss, it is a powerful symbol.'
  8. 'Today, audiences prefer big statements, cathartic effects and emotional exhibitionism.'
  9. 'Gullible by nature, they are easily swayed by catchy slogans and start seeking cathartic relief in communal frenzy.'
  10. 'It's a defiantly anti-commercial album; one built more for cathartic expression than fretting over the amount of units sold.'
  1. 'Participants 50 years and older with an indication for colonoscopy underwent cathartic preparation of the colon before CTC followed by regular colonoscopy.'
  2. 'This fungus is supposedly edible but faded forms can be confused with R. formosa, which has a strong cathartic effect when eaten.'


A purgative drug.
  1. 'There is no evidence that cathartics reduce absorption or toxicity, however.'
  2. 'Gastrointestinal decontamination with activated charcoal and a cathartic may be useful in acute exposures if the drug was taken orally within the previous 60 minutes.'


1. of or relating to catharsis.

2. Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative. noun

3. a purgative.

More examples(as adjective)

"experiences can be cathartic."

"effects can be cathartic."

"releases can be cathartic."

"performances can be cathartic."

"ways can be cathartic."

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Early 17th century (in medical use): via late Latin from Greek kathartikos, from katharsis ‘cleansing’ (see catharsis).