American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.
- v. discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization
- From German abreagieren, from ab ("away from, off, down from") + reagieren ("to react") (Wiktionary)
- Translation of German abreagieren : ab-, away + reagieren, to react. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What might our media look like, what might our social fabric look like and how might it react, abreact or respond to various stimuli, etcetera?”
“Believing that Michael was understandably reactive to these severe familial stresses, his therapist recommended continued therapy so that he would have a place to ventilate, abreact, and share his feelings in a way that would not create the social consequences noted above at school.”
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