noun /kəˈθɑːsɪs,kəˈθɑːɹˌsɪs/
a) A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy). Coined in this sense by Aristotle.

Seeing the heros catharsis helped her deal with the loss of her parents.

b) Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
See Also: cathartic

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