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CATHARTIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cathartic mean? 

CATHARTIC (noun)
  The noun CATHARTIC has 1 sense:

1. a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

  Familiarity information: CATHARTIC used as a noun is very rare.


CATHARTIC (adjective)
  The adjective CATHARTIC has 3 senses:

1. emotionally purging
2. emotionally purging (of e.g. art)
3. strongly laxative

  Familiarity information: CATHARTIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CATHARTIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

aperient; cathartic; physic; purgative

Hypernyms ("cathartic" is a kind of...):

medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine ((medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "cathartic"):

aloes; bitter aloes (a purgative made from the leaves of aloe)

castor oil (a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically)

Epsom salts ((used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative)

laxative (a mild cathartic)

milk of magnesia (purgative consisting of a milky white liquid suspension of magnesium hydroxide; used as a laxative and (in smaller doses) as an antacid)

Rochelle powder; Seidlitz powder; Seidlitz powders (an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic)


CATHARTIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Emotionally purging

Synonyms:

cathartic; psychotherapeutic

Similar:

healthful (conducive to good health of body or mind)


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Meaning:

Emotionally purging (of e.g. art)

Synonyms:

releasing; cathartic

Similar:

emotional (of more than usual emotion)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)


Sense 3cathartic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strongly laxative

Synonyms:

purgative; evacuant; cathartic

Similar:

laxative (stimulating evacuation of feces)


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