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Catharsis Definition

Much disputed term used by Aristotle in his Poetics where he suggests that tragedy should purge the emotions of pity and fear and, hence, lead to a catharsis.


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[n] (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
[n] purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

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purge, purging

Misc. Definitions

\Ca*thar"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?. See {Cathartic}.] (Med.) A natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the mouth, bowels, etc.
\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 abreaction).

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