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Cathartic   /kəθˈɑrtɪk/   Listen

Emotionally purging.  Synonym: psychotherapeutic.
Emotionally purging (of e.g. art).  Synonym: releasing.
Strongly laxative.  Synonyms: evacuant, purgative.

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"Cathartic" Quotes from Famous Books

... In Plotinus the civic virtues precede the cathartic; but they are not, as with some perverse mystics, considered to lie outside ...
— Christian Mysticism • William Ralph Inge

... its name from its sugary exudation, sought by the native tribes, which forms hard white crystallized nodules on the upper side of fire or ax wounds in the wood. This flow contains resin, is manna-like, has cathartic properties, and is as sweet as cane-sugar. The seeds are edible. Although very small they are more valued by the native tribes than the large seeds of the Digger Pine on account of their better flavor. In former days, when ...
— The Lake of the Sky • George Wharton James

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