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of, relating to, or tending to eliminate

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The palpable difference in tone in these far more animated novels reflects a difference in attitude: Emma is governed by emotions (mostly suppressed), whereas in the early trio of novels the emotions are allowed to emerge and then are cathartically released.
The sight of a young woman's corpse exacerbates Aaron's harrowing recurrent nightmare, trigger episodes of somnambulism and ultimately open up cathartically his tragic history and the sad circumstances of his daily life which he has been trying to keep private.
After Verdict, Christie never wrote another theatre drama, possibly because she never felt the compulsion to dramatise her darkest fears again so cathartically.
They display a high degree of self-reflexivity and personal anguish, and read cathartically in their re-writing of history.
Women were able to cathartically express their worries and concerns in these baths and closely bond.
The very concept of expression presupposes indeed some separation within the subject, and along with that a whole metaphysics of the inside and outside, of the wordless pain within the monad and the moment in which, often cathartically, that "emotion" is then projected out and externalized, as gesture or cry, as desperate communication and the outward dramatization of inward feeling.
Through art we can cathartically engage those human proclivities that we perhaps would like to sweep under the rug--our recurring disquietude, self-conscious doubt, and indelible vanity.
Brett, on the other hand, can only curse the "damned" sanctity of the quiet space and rush outside where she and lake cathartically "walk along" (212).
All that was missing was Rocky's chance for rejuvenation, allowing the audience to cathartically be resurrected as well.
The point is that finding yourself up to your soul in a Greek tragedy would constitute being cathartically let off the hook, morally speaking.
Miss Middlebrook escorts us over the well-ploughed-up battleground of the Hughes-Plath uni-lethal mesalliance, but then, descending to the furrows, proceeds to analyse the soil, and dig cathartically below the surface.
I wept hugely but cathartically as I felt the contrast between the images of flames and death and destruction and hatred, and this simple, jolly little stream, constant in its replenishment.
The story works to its climax when the child nearly exposes her mother's secret (as her bad angels want her to) but holds her tongue (as her good angels win out) and, cathartically, drops a platter of food on the way to the family table.