catharsis

Definitions

General English

Media Studies

  • 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

Theater

  • 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.
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