Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.

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  • v. discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization

Etymologies

Translation of German abreagieren : ab-, away + reagieren, to react.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German abreagieren, from ab ("away from, off, down from") + reagieren ("to react") (Wiktionary)

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  • And in “Headbirths,�? which I wrote about in Saturday Review in 1982, Grass was still taking himself to task: “It was a mistake to imagine that ‘Cat and Mouse’ would abreact my schoolboy sorrows.�? Guilt, and more guilt — and more atonement. Boy, does this guy beat up on himself! I thought. Irving on Grass NYT

    July 7, 2007