[kaθˈɑːtɪk], [kaθˈɑːtɪk], [k_a_θ_ˈɑː_t_ɪ_k]

Definitions of cathartic:

  1.   strongly laxative
  2.   Cleansing the bowels; purgative.
  3.   1. Purging, relating to catharsis. 2. An agent causing active movement of the bowels.
  4.   Purgative; purifying.
  5.   A medicine causing intestinal evacuations.
  6.   A medicine that promotes alvine discharges; a purge; a purgative of moderate activity.
  7.   emotionally purging
  8.   a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
  9.   A medicine to cause movement of the bowels.
  10.   A purge.
  11.   A purging medicine.
  12.   Alt. of Catharical
  13.   A purgative medicine.
  14.   emotionally purging ( of e. g. art)
  15.   Purgative.

Antonyms for cathartic:

unemotional, unhealthful, costive.

Quotes for cathartic:

  1. I do find acting cathartic – Francesca Annis
  2. It was my angry, Dickensian novel, I suppose. It was cathartic I expended a lot of frustration on that one. – Richard M. Helms
  3. Being so honest in my writing is cathartic – Brian Molko
  4. I do like to write nasty songs. It's a useful weapon to have, and it's cathartic as well, because I create art out of anger, something positive out of something negative. – Lisa Marie Presley
  5. Mostly singing was cathartic writing was cathartic therapeutic. I don't think I had a goal, particularly, to sing or put it out there for anybody. – Lisa Marie Presley
  6. Music's always been really cathartic It's the best drug for me to get away from the everyday pressures just for a second via a good song. – Ville Valo

Usage examples for cathartic:

  1. The cathartic moved the bowels two or three times. ” – Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society by Joseph Bradford Cox
  2. The abdominal cavity being very frequently the seat of dropsical effusion, when this takes place to any great extent, despite the continued and free use of the medicinal diuretic and the hydragogue cathartic the surgeon is required to make an opening with the instrumental hydragogue- viz. ” – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise
  3. At the time the attack occurs, the animal should be given a cathartic – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  4. 4. Keep the bowels active, taking a cathartic if necessary. ” – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  5. After about three weeks of his fasting we were thoroughly tired of hearing John's cathartic howls, tired of nursing a sick person. ” – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon
  6. “ To witness the sporadic dry showers of crumbs falling onto the recently mopped but still noisome floor seemed cathartic – An Apostate: Nawin of Thais by Steven Sills
  7. Such a woman should have been kept at Epsom; she was worth more than mere cathartic waters. ” – Highways and Byways in Surrey by Eric Parker
  8. Yellow, kidneys and cathartic – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  9. They have, however, an extremely bad taste from the numerous establishments for washing for all Paris, which are established in boats on all parts of the river, which is thus strongly impregnated with soap- suds, and its cathartic qualities have been experienced by many strangers on their first arrival in Paris. ” – A tour through some parts of France, Switzerland, Savoy, Germany and Belgium by Richard Boyle Bernard
  10. Take a cathartic notify the physician at once and follow his directions. ” – The Mother and Her Child by William S. Sadler Lena K. Sadler
  11. Effective treatment consists in drinking water freely and taking a cathartic for the one stimulates the kidneys and the other the bowels to assist in getting rid of the cause of the trouble. ” – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
  12. My stomach could never bear quinine unless subsequent to the cathartic – How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley
  13. Ordered quinine as a tonic, and pill " C. C." as a cathartic – Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society by Joseph Bradford Cox
  14. As a cathartic for cattle, we may give one quart of linseed and from two to four ounces of turpentine, or one to two pounds of Epsom or Glauber's salts, dissolved in plenty of water. ” – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  15. “ To use, put each into different tumblers, half fill each with water, and put a little loaf sugar in with the acid, then pour them together and drink; this makes a very pleasant cathartic – Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets by Daniel Young
  16. Rhubarb, it should always be recollected, has an astringent as well as purgative property, according to the extent of the dose in which it is administered; the former of which never opposes or interferes with the energy of the latter, since it only takes effect when the substance is administered in small doses, or, if given in larger ones, not until it has ceased to operate as a cathartic – The Maternal Management of Children, in Health and Disease. by Thomas Bull, M.D.

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