cathartic

A movie, play, or song that makes you cry is called cathartic. Most good writers try to create work that causes you to experience a strong rush of emotion.

If you've been feeling like you need a good cry, you should watch a cathartic movie like Bambi — or any film that's sure to make you weep. Things that are cathartic don't always call up tears. Things that makes you scream, like a roller-coaster ride or a boxing match, are also cathartic. Whatever causes you to release a sudden flood of feelings is cathartic. Some therapies ask you to hit a pillow or break dishes, because those are cathartic activities.

DEFINITIONS OF: cathartic

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adj strongly laxative

Synonyms:
evacuant, purgative
laxative
stimulating evacuation of feces

adj emotionally purging

Synonyms:
psychotherapeutic
healthful
conducive to good health of body or mind

adj emotionally purging (of e.g. art)

Synonyms:
releasing
emotional
of more than usual emotion

n a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

Synonyms:
aperient, physic, purgative
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aloes, bitter aloes
a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
castor oil
a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically
Epsom salts
(used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
laxative
a mild cathartic
milk of magnesia
purgative consisting of a milky white liquid suspension of magnesium hydroxide; used as a laxative and (in smaller doses) as an antacid
Rochelle powder, Seidlitz powder, Seidlitz powders
an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic
phenolphthalein
a laxative used in many preparations under various trade names; also used as an acid-base indicator in titrations involving weak acids and strong bases because it is brilliant red at high alkalinity and colorless below pH 8
Type of:
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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