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

adj strongly laxative

evacuant, purgative
stimulating evacuation of feces

adj emotionally purging

conducive to good health of body or mind

adj emotionally purging (of e.g. art)

of more than usual emotion

n a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

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
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
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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