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catharsis


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catharsis  \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). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catharsis  \Ca*thar"sis\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?.  See  {Cathartic}.] 
  (Med.) 
  A  natural  or  artificial  purgation  of  any  passage,  as  of  the 
  mouth,  bowels,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catharsis 
  n  1:  (psychoanalysis)  purging  of  emotional  tensions  [syn:  {katharsis}, 
  {abreaction}] 
  2:  purging  the  body  by  the  use  of  a  cathartic  to  stimulate 
  evacuation  of  the  bowels  [syn:  {katharsis}] 




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