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catharsis

ca·thar·sis

catharsis

 
 
pronunciation:
k thar sihs
part of speech: noun
inflections: catharses
definition 1: purging, esp. of the digestive system.
synonyms:
evacuation, purgation, purge, voiding
similar words:
excretion, purification
definition 2: in drama, a purging of the audience's emotions.
similar words:
epiphany, release, relief, transport
definition 3: in psychotherapy, the bringing of repressed thoughts and feelings to consciousness in order to release emotional tension, or the release itself.
Writing down his memories of combat acted as a catharsis, unburdening him of guilt and anger he had carried around for years.
similar words:
outlet, release, relief, transference