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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the purging of emotional tensions. See catharsis, below.

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  • n. (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

Etymologies

Modeled on German abreagierung, from ab ("away from") + reagierung ("reaction"). (Wiktionary)

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  • the resolution of a neurosis by reviving forgotten or repressed ideas of the event first causing it, e.g. bomb blasts; Abreaction of the Lord of the Night, 139

    May 28, 2009