Meaning of catharsis
Pronunciation: (ku-thär'sis), [key]
— pl. -ses
- the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.
- psychotherapy that encourages or permits the discharge of pent-up, socially unacceptable affects.
- discharge of pent-up emotions so as to result in the alleviation of symptoms or the permanent relief of the condition.
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