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 make 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 can be cathartic activities.

Definitions of cathartic
  1. adjective
    emotionally purging
    synonyms: psychotherapeutic
    healthful
    conducive to good health of body or mind
  2. adjective
    emotionally purging (of e.g. art)
    synonyms: releasing
    emotional
    of more than usual emotion
  3. adjective
    strongly laxative
    synonyms: evacuant, purgative
    laxative
    stimulating evacuation of feces
  4. noun
    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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