WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
ca•thar•tic /kəˈθɑrtɪk/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. of or relating to catharsis:After the death of his children he returned to his work and found it cathartic.
  2. causing the bowels to relax and to empty:cathartic medicine.

n. [countable]
  1. a strongly laxative medicine.

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cathartic /kəˈθɑːtɪk/ adj
  1. purgative
  2. effecting catharsis
  1. a purgative drug or agent

caˈthartically adv

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