katharsis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n katharsis (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
    • n katharsis purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels
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Usage

In literature:

If we must continue to seek for a katharsis, do not they supply it?
"Tragedy" by Ashley H. Thorndike
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In poetry:

It is moot whether there be divinities
As I finish this play by Webster:
The street-cars are still running however
And the katharsis fades in the warm water of a yawn.
"Horatian Epode To The Duchess Of Malfi" by Allen Tate