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  • adv. In a cathartic way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the manner of a cathartic.


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  • And she understood this, too, how important it was for her to get her story out, for her to tell her story, for her own well-being, for her to really kind of cathartically go through the story, to tell someone about it.

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  • O'Toole practically bursts off the screen, loudly agonizing about his split with Becket, venomously lashing out at his shrewish wife and mother, and cathartically baring his broken heart at a momentous encounter on the beach.

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  • Rolling Thunder was written by Paul Schrader and – like Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza, written by Schrader and his brother Leonard – it signposts themes and imagery that would obsess Schrader in his own movies: Vietnam veterans, samurai ethics, and orgasmic explosions of cathartically violent revenge.

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  • Mr. Everett's resistance to classification is most pronounced in his brilliant and often cathartically refreshing treatment of race and identity.

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  • She writes knowingly -- and cathartically -- about death and loss; the imprint it leaves, the shadow it casts, the binding universality of it all.

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  • His beleaguered last two weeks on the job represented some of the most exhilarating TV of the year, as he unabashedly and cathartically did whatever the hell he wanted, keeping us all on our toes — as the best TV does.'s Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win?

  • Decided my concentration would be cathartically aided by slamming the office door closed to block out the excited primate noises coming from the Neighbiurhood Team Office, all dressed in civvies & off for an Away/Teambuilding day somewhere.

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  • In other words, the “family sculpting,” the name psychologists have given to this form of role play, is not a way for members to wallow in past injuries—or cathartically relieve them—but to begin to grasp some of the automatic impulses that shape their behavior.


  • But he was ashamed—he was so ashamed that he treated us all to a very informative and truly uncomfortable press conference in which we all cathartically laughed and cried along with the unraveling governor.


  • In truth, he was less the bumptious rebel we cathartically laugh at in Oliver Stone's W. and Will Ferrell's Broadway hit than a leading man in a much grimmer, long-running saga.

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