WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ca•thar•tic /kəˈθɑrtɪk/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Drugsof or relating to catharsis:After the death of his children he returned to his work and found it cathartic.
  2. Drugscausing the bowels to relax and to empty:cathartic medicine.

n. [countable]
  • Drugsa strongly laxative medicine.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    ca•thar•tic  (kə thärtik), 
    1. of or pertaining to catharsis.
    2. DrugsAlso,ca•tharti•cal. evacuating the bowels;

  • a purgative.
  • Etymology:
    • Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic
    • Late Latin catharticus
    • 1605–15
    ca•tharti•cal•ly, adv. 
    ca•tharti•cal•ness, n. 
    3 . laxative, physic.

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

    caˈthartically adv

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