- ca·thar·sis (k -thär s s)
n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-s z)
1. A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.
2. A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.All images © Vicky Moon