cathartic

  • 1 cathartic — CÁTHARTIC, Ă, cathartici, ce, adj. (lit.) Purificator. [Scris şi: catartic. – pr.: tar ] – Din fr. cathartique. Trimis de valeriu, 14.07.2006. Sursa: DEX 98  cathártic s. n., adj. m. (sil. thar ) [th …

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  • 2 Cathartic — Ca*thar tic, Catharical Ca*thar ic*al, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to cleanse, fr. ? pure; akin to F. chaste.] 1. (Med.) Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna …

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  • 3 Cathartic — Ca*thar tic, n. [Gr. ?.] (Med.) A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity. [1913 Webster] Note: The cathartics are more energetic and certain in action that the laxatives, which simply increase the… …

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  • 4 cathartic — (adj.) 1610s, of medicines, from L. catharticus, from Gk. kathartikos fit for cleansing, purgative, from katharsis purging, cleansing (see CATHARSIS (Cf. catharsis)). General sense is from 1670s …

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  • 5 cathartic — [kə thär′tik] adj. [Gr kathartikos] of or effecting catharsis; purging: also cathartical n. [LL catharticum] a medicine for stimulating evacuation of the bowels; purgative SYN. PHYSIC …

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  • 6 Cathartic — In medicine, a cathartic is a substance which accelerates defecation.This is in contrast to a laxative, which is a substance which eases defecation, usually by softening the stool. [MeshName|Cathartics] It is possible for a substance to be both a …

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  • 7 cathartic — I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein Date: 1612 of, relating to, or producing catharsis < cathartic drugs > < a cathartic experience > • cathartically adverb II …

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  • 8 cathartic — [[t]kəθɑ͟ː(r)tɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is cathartic has the effect of catharsis. [FORMAL] His laughter was cathartic, an animal yelp that brought tears to his eyes. ...a liberating and cathartic experience …

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  • 9 cathartic — 1. Relating to catharsis. 2. An agent having purgative action. * * * ca·thar·tic kə thärt ik adj of, relating to, or producing catharsis cathartic n a cathartic medicine: PURGATIVE * * * n …

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  • 10 cathartic — ca|thar|tic [kəˈθa:tık US a:r ] adj formal helping you to remove strong or violent emotions ▪ a cathartic experience …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 cathartic — catharsis ► NOUN ▪ the release of pent up emotions, for example through drama. DERIVATIVES cathartic adjective & noun. ORIGIN Greek katharsis, from kathairein cleanse …

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  • 12 cathartic — adj. & n. adj. 1 effecting catharsis. 2 purgative. n. a cathartic drug. Derivatives: cathartically adv. Etymology: LL catharticus f. Gk kathartikos (as CATHARSIS) …

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  • 13 cathartic — cathartically, adv. catharticalness, n. /keuh thahr tik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to catharsis. 2. Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative. n. 3. a purgative. [1605 15; < LL catharticus < Gk kathartikós fit for cleansing. See… …

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  • 14 cathartic — 1. adjective a) purgative; inducing catharsis b) That releases emotional tension, especially after an overwhelming experience 2. noun A …

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  • 15 cathartic — Synonyms and related words: abstergent, alleviating, alleviative, analgesic, anesthetic, anodyne, aperient, assuasive, balmy, balsamic, benumbing, carminative, cleaner, cleaning, cleaning agent, cleaning solvent, cleanser, cleansing, cleansing… …

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  • 16 Cathartic — See Purgative …

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  • 17 cathartic — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. laxative, physic, purgative, aperient, purifying. See remedy, cleanness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. purging, cleansing, purifying; see cleaning . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of, relating… …

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  • 18 cathartic — ca|thar|tic [ kə θartık ] adjective allowing you to express strong feelings that have been affecting you so that they do not upset you anymore …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 cathartic — n. purgative agent, laxative (also kathartic) adj. of or pertaining to catharsis; serving to purge the bowels (Medicine); purifying, cleansing (also kathartic) …

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  • 20 cathartic — I. a. Purgative, evacuant, abstergent, cleansing. II. n. Purge, purgative, physic, purgative medicine …

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