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catharsis is pronounced in three syllables
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meanings of catharsis
A therapeutic technique to relieve tension by re-establishing the association of an emotion with the memory or idea of the event that first caused it, and then eliminating it by complete expression (called the abreaction).
A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).
A purification or cleansing, especially emotional.
Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
Purging of the digestive system.
catharsis frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR
the word catharsis occurs in english on average 0.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.