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catharsis

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From Ancient Greek κάθαρσις "cleansing," "purging" from καθαίρω "I cleanse"

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy). Coined in this sense by Aristotle.
    Seeing the hero's catharsis helped her deal with the loss of her parents.
  2. Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A therapeutic technique to relieve tension.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Purging of the digestive system.

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