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
Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein, to purge; see catharsis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κάθαρσις (katharsis, "cleansing, purification") (Wiktionary)