Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word catarolysis.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • letting off steam by swearing

    June 8, 2008

  • /kat uh RALL ih sis/ n · The practice of cursing to let off steam.

    August 7, 2008

  • Looks like a fake word to me. There are only a couple of uses of it on the Web, and the rest of the mentions are just lists of silly words. The most reliable-looking source, Grambs's 1984 Literary Companion Dictionary, doesn't give any source or etymology.

    There's no Ancient Greek word corresponding to it. If the prefix was kat-, kata- "down", I don't know what the -ro- would come from. However, after a moment's thought I believe the form here is an error for 'catharolysis', which would make sense, coming from kathar- "pure, clean". A purification, a purgation, catharsis.

    If this word existed, the rest of us would pronounce it /kætəˈrɒlɪsɪs/ or in pseudo-notation kat a ROL ih sis. (Or, better, with /θ/ th.)

    August 7, 2008