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Definition of "cathartic" [ca•thar•tic]

  • Inducing catharsis; purgative. (adjective)
  • An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cathartic" in a sentence
  • "Ca 'is the abbreviation for the word cathartic, meaning healing."
  • "It is on this fact that they founded their method of treatment, devised by Breuer and by him termed the cathartic method, though Freud prefers to call it the "analytic" method."
  • "Over the weekend, the student met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg and other survivors - an experience she described as cathartic."