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noun [C or U] uk   /kəˈθɑː.sɪs/ us    /-ˈθɑːr-/ ( plural catharses   /-siːz/   )
the process of releasing strong emotions through a particular activity or experience, such as writing or theatre, which helps you to understand those emotions
adjective uk   /-tɪk/ us  
a cathartic experience
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