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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Greek, from kathairein 'to make clean or pure', from katharos 'pure'

catharsis

noun
     
Related topics: Psychology, Psychiatry
ca‧thar‧sis [uncountable]
formalMP the act or process of removing strong or violent emotions by expressing them through writing, talking, acting etc:
Music is a means of catharsis for me.

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