- noun a situation or occasion in which you get rid of strong emotional feelings, e.g. through a particular experience
- noun the idea that exposure to emotive media products such as violence on television, or a tragic play in a theatre, is therapeutic for the audience and releases emotions in a harmless way
- A concept defined by Aristotle in his Poetics. Catharsisis the purging of the emotions of an audience through the feelingsof pity and terror evoked by witnessing a tragedy.