• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cathartic strongly laxative
    • adj cathartic emotionally purging (of e.g. art)
    • adj cathartic emotionally purging
    • n cathartic a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cathartic (Med) A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity.☞ The cathartics are more energetic and certain in action that the laxatives, which simply increase the tendency to alvine evacuation; and less powerful and irritaint that the drastic purges, which cause profuse, repeated, and watery evacuations.
    • Cathartic (Med) Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative.
    • Cathartic Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna, as cathartic acid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cathartic Purgative; purifying. In medicine often restricted to the second grade of purgation, laxative being used for the first, and drastic for the third. Also apocathartic.
    • cathartic Pertaining to or derived from cathartin.
    • n cathartic A cathartic medicine; a purge; a purgative.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cathartic kath-ärt′ik having the power of cleansing the stomach and bowels: purgative
    • Cathartic a purgative medicine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to cleanse, fr. pure; akin to F. chaste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kathartikos, fit for cleansing, katharos, clean.


In literature:

AbilenA is America's Only Bottled Natural Cathartic Water.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The waters are in high repute, and are regarded as strongly cathartic.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
Take a mild cathartic.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Castor oil or calomel are the two best cathartics for this purpose.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
A slight cathartic, also, is often serviceable.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
These may act chemically or by their cathartic operation.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
A large cathartic is to be given as early as possible.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Powerful cathartic medicines should be avoided because of their effect upon the baby.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The cathartic moved the bowels two or three times.
"Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society" by Joseph Bradford Cox
Cathartics and, at night, strong narcotics are desired.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley

In poetry:

"I trudge along unwetted, though an ocean
Pours from the clouds, as if some Abernethy
Had given all the nubilary regions
Purges cathartic!
"My Umbrella" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

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In a new video, the iconic children's show host spouts some of his classic lines, backed by the addition of a cathartic piano-and-drums track.