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The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. The notion of ‘release’ through drama derives from Aristotle's Poetics.

The word comes from Greek katharsis, from kathairein ‘cleanse’, from katharos ‘pure’.

Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

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