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Word: catharsis

Definition: purging or cleansing of any passage of the body; purging and weakening of strong emotions as a result of experiencing a dramatic work of art


Sentences Containing 'catharsis'

as she forces herself into a rarely used high range, she sets for a perfect catharsis for the burgeoning sexual passions of the album's first two thirds", and describing the outcome as "absolutely magnificent".
Catharsis, a five-pitch 5.5 route on the Slab, has long been the mountain's most popular.
The April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing was a catharsis for 'SY', which would transform 'SY' into the newly created Diplomatic Security Service, part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
The correspondent's review further states, "Radke has managed to imprint his dramatic personality into every aspect of 'The Drug In Me Is You.'" Conversely, Allmusic contributor Gregory Heaney gave the album an overall score of three out of a possible five, noting that the lyrics "feel more genuinely personal than his earlier work", and that "there's a real sense of urgent catharsis at work".

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