Meaning of “catharsis” in the English Dictionary

"catharsis" in British English

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catharsisnoun [ C or U ]

uk /kəˈθɑː.sɪs/ us /kəˈθɑːr.sɪs/ plural catharses uk /-siːz/ us

(Definition of “catharsis” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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catharsisnoun [ C/U ]

us /kəˈθɑr·sɪs/ plural catharses /kəˈθɑrˌsiz/

the experience of expressing strong emotions that previously were blocked:

[ C ] It’s the director’s hope that Germans who see his movie will go through a catharsis similar to his own.
adjective us /kəˈθɑr·t̬ɪk/

a cathartic experience

(Definition of “catharsis” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)