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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear)

Usage examples (13)
  • My problem with the movie was in the extraordinary convergence of catharses going on.
  • The Republicans 'catharses were based not upon principle but upon their political survival.
  • Equating the respective emotional catharses of love and death (all of them, to varying degrees)
  • But this is not the Broadway theater I knew and loved, whose plays purged us with their Aristotelian catharses. for more
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