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Meaning & Definition of Cathartic in English

English

Cathartic

/kəθɑrtɪk/

noun

1. A purging medicine

  • Stimulates evacuation of the bowels
    synonym:
  • purgative
  • ,
  • cathartic
  • ,
  • physic
  • ,
  • aperient

adjective

1. Emotionally purging

    synonym:
  • cathartic
  • ,
  • psychotherapeutic

2. Emotionally purging (of e.g. art)

    synonym:
  • cathartic
  • ,
  • releasing

3. Strongly laxative

    synonym:
  • cathartic
  • ,
  • evacuant
  • ,
  • purgative