from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Inducing catharsis; purgative.
- n. An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. purgative; inducing catharsis
- adj. That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience
- n. A laxative
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna, as cathartic acid.
- n. A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Purgative; purifying.
- Pertaining to or derived from cathartin.
- n. A cathartic medicine; a purge; a purgative.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. emotionally purging (of e.g. art)
- adj. emotionally purging
- adj. strongly laxative
- n. a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
Ca 'is the abbreviation for the word cathartic, meaning healing.
It is on this fact that they founded their method of treatment, devised by Breuer and by him termed the cathartic method, though Freud prefers to call it the "analytic" method.
Over the weekend, the student met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg and other survivors - an experience she described as cathartic.
Whether it’s Coulter’s books, the millions of conservatives who enjoy them (hate, when cathartic, is actually quite enjoyable), or death threats against musicians who speak liberal opinions.
Activated charcoal with a cathartic should be administered.
If you will read the literature you will find that it is referred to as a cathartic, resembling in this respect the castor bean.
This method of dispelling them is technically known as the cathartic method, and consists simply in a frank and full confession.
Both methods, the discharging, or the so-called cathartic one, and the side-tracking method evidently demand the discovery of the starting point in the service of the therapy and here again several methods are at the disposal of the psychologist.
That earlier method of bringing the trauma to consciousness and making it discharge, the so-called cathartic method, removes only the particular group of disturbances but the patient remains a hysteric, and if ever new accidents should happen which would touch again those inmost repressed ideas, new hysterical symptoms would develop.
Gamboge is a powerful drastic, hydragogue cathartic, which is apt to produce nausea and vomiting.