Partial translation of German abreagieren, from ab (“away from, off, down from”) + reagieren (“to react”).
abreact (third-person singular simple present abreacts, present participle abreacting, simple past and past participle abreacted)
- (transitive, psychoanalysis) To eliminate previously repressed emotions by reliving past experiences. [First attested in the early 20th century.]
eliminate previously repressed emotions
- ^ R:Webster NCD 1974
- ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0198605751), page 8