Definition of catharsis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

catharsis

 noun
noun
NAmE//kəˈθɑrsəs//
 
[uncountable, countable](pl. catharses
NAmE//kəˈθɑrsiz//
 
)
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the process of releasing strong feelings, for example through plays or other artistic activities, as a way of providing relief from anger, suffering, etc.
NAmE//kəˈθɑrt̮ɪk//
 
adjective It was a cathartic experience.
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