Catharsis vs Purify - What's the difference?

catharsis | purify |


As a noun catharsis

is (drama) a release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).

As a verb purify is

to cleanse (something), or rid (it) of impurities.

catharsis

Noun

(catharses)
  • (drama) A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).
  • Any release of emotional tension to the same effect, more widely.
  • A purification or cleansing, especially emotional.
  • (psychology) A therapeutic technique to relieve tension.
  • (medicine) Purging of the digestive system.
  • Anagrams

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    purify

    English

    Verb

  • To cleanse (something), or rid (it) of impurities
  • To free (someone) from guilt or sin
  • Antonyms

    * defile