Definition of Katharsis

1. Noun. Purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels.

Exact synonyms: Catharsis, Purgation
Generic synonyms: Purge, Purging
Derivative terms: Cathartic, Purge



2. Noun. (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions.
Exact synonyms: Abreaction, Catharsis
Generic synonyms: Purge, Purging
Category relationships: Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Derivative terms: Abreact, Cathartic

Definition of Katharsis

1. [n -THARSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Katharsis

katchina
katchinas
katcina
katcinas
kate
kathak
kathakali
kathakalis
kathaks
katharobe
katharobes
katharobic
katharometer
katharometers
katharses
katharsis (current term)
kathenotheism
kathetal
kathetometer
kathetometers
kathodal
kathode
kathodes
kathodic
kathoeys
kati
kation
kations
katipo

Literary usage of Katharsis

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1. Calcutta Review by University of Calcutta (1921)
"ARISTOTLE'S THEORY OF katharsis DN CHATTERJEE (Chandernagore College) ... So the meaning of katharsis is ths purgation of the passions of pity and fear by ..."

2. The Quest by John Gneisenau Neihardt (1916)
"katharsis WHO pray for calm, abhorring flood and fire, Would shun the purging and espouse the blight. Lo, in the marshland where the tempest's might Has ..."

3. Studies of the Greek Poets by John Addington Symonds (1902)
"... Irony—Aristotle's Definition of Tragedy—Modern Tragedy offers no katharsis of the Passions—Destinies and Characters—Female Characters— The Supernatural ..."

4. Aristotle's theory of poetry and fine art: with a critical text and by Samuel Henry Butcher, Aristotle (1898)
"Now, Bernays transferred the katharsis of the Politics almost without modification of meaning to the definition of tragedy. He limited its reference to the ..."

5. Aristotle's Poetics by Aristotle (1902)
"Moreover, in the words last quoted, —'all undergo a katharsis of some kind,'—it is pretty plainly implied that the katharsis of pity and fear in tragedy is ..."

6. A Guide to the Literature of æsthetics by Charles Mills Gayley, Fred Newton Scott (1890)
"Manns, P. Die Lehre des Aristoteles von der tragischen katharsis und Hamartia. ... T. Ueber die katharsis in der Poetik des Aristoteles. Prog. ..."

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