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catharsis (plural catharses)
- (drama) A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).
- Seeing the hero's catharsis helped her deal with the loss of her parents.
- Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
- A purification or cleansing, especially emotional.
- (psychology) A therapeutic technique to relieve tension.
- (medicine) Purging of the digestive system.
in drama, a release of emotional tension
any release of emotional tension
a therapeutic technique to relieve tension