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Definition purging of emotional tensions

Much more rarely, catharsis can reference purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels.
  • Inevitable catharsis by the threads of chaos.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The idea of suicide worked on me like a purgative or a cathartic.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • After a time, I came to think that visiting memorials was in part a willed catharsis.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • To free itself totally, to revenge itself, to work its ultimate catharsis, it resolves to seek them out and destroy them.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • I hope for some sort of cathartic release, but there isn't one.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Then, there in the middle of the communal catharsis, I found it: a public apology from the young driver, Jamie Bardol.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • We need books of this tart cathartic virtue, more than books of political science, or of private economy.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The "cathartic" was drastic, as Loyalist Peter Oliver observed.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The experience, she said, was cathartic.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Her catharsis is absolutely tremendous-ha, ha!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It was cathartic and constructive and destructive and perfect.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • The catharsis ended the moment Alex handed the cashier her credit card and heard Logan Rourke's voice in her mind.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • There are two kinds of M.D.'s— those to whom c. c. means cubic centimeter and those to whom it means compound cathartic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • It was very cathartic for a lot of people, myself included.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Writing about my violent gang life, the drug addictions, the rages and fears proved to he risky and extremely difficult, but deeply cathartic.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Moreover, I agree that readers are often poorly served when an author writes as an act of catharsis, as I have done here.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Zendagi migzara, Afghans like to say: Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end, kamyab, nah-kam, crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • A catharsis.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Cathartic.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • After years of watching women quietly accept abuse, it is cathartic to see someone like Usha lead a countercharge—even if we're uncomfortable with the bloody denouement and cannot condone murder.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky

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