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Pronunciation: kă-thar′sis

Definition: The release or discharge of emotional tension or anxiety by psychoanalytically guided emotional reliving of past, especially repressed, events.

Synonym(s): purgation

Synonym(s): psychocatharsis

[G. katharsis, purification, fr. katharos, pure]

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