cathartic

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Ancient Greek καθαρτικός (kathartikós, related to cleansing, purification).

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)tɪk

Adjective[edit]

cathartic (comparative more cathartic, superlative most cathartic)

  1. Purgative; inducing (mental or physical) catharsis
  2. That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience

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Noun[edit]

cathartic (plural cathartics)

  1. (medicine) A laxative.
    • 1833, R. J. Bertin, Charles W. Chauncy, transl., Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart, and Great Vessels, Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blnachard, page 165:
      The disease was regarded as pneumonia so far advanced that suppuration seemed to have supervened; bleeding, blisters, expectorants, and cathartics diminished the symptoms; the pulse continued frequent, hard, full, but always regular.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French cathartique

Adjective[edit]

cathartic m or n (feminine singular cathartică, masculine plural cathartici, feminine and neuter plural cathartice)

  1. cathartic

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