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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ree-ak-shuh n]
    • /ˌæb riˈæk ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ree-ak-shuh n]
    • /ˌæb riˈæk ʃən/

Definitions of abreaction word

  • noun abreaction the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness 3
  • noun abreaction the release of emotions as the result of recalling or reliving a traumatic, repressed experience with which they are associated 3
  • noun abreaction release of emotional tension achieved through recalling a repressed traumatic experience. 1
  • noun abreaction The expression and consequent release of a previously repressed emotion, achieved through reliving the experience that caused it (typically through hypnosis or suggestion). 1
  • noun abreaction (psychoanalysis) The re-living of an experience with a view to purging its emotional dross. 0

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Origin of abreaction

First appearance:

before 1910
One of the 15% newest English words
1910-15; ab- + reaction, on the model of German Abreagierung

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Parts of speech for Abreaction


abreaction popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abreaction usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abreaction

noun abreaction

  • ablution — the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
  • purification — to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
  • purgation — the act of purging.
  • release — to lease again.
  • lustration — to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.

Antonyms for abreaction

noun abreaction

  • dirtying — Present participle of dirty.

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