ex·​or·​cism | \ˈek-ˌsȯr-ˌsi-zəm, -sər-\

Definition of exorcism 

1 : the act or practice of exorcising

2 : a spell or formula used in exorcising

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Other Words from exorcism

exorcist \ ˈek-​ˌsȯr-​ˌsist , -​səst, -​sər-​ \ noun
exorcistic \ ˌek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈsi-​stik , -​sər-​ \ or exorcistical \ ˌek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈsi-​sti-​kəl , -​sər-​ \ adjective

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Oh, and did his own exorcisms with holy water, candles and sandwich bread. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Need a summer read? Check out these five by local authors," 28 June 2018 His encounters with the old man constitute the novel’s most vivid action, a struggle that evolves into an exorcism of slavery. New York Times, "Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness," 27 June 2018 These items ranged from 770 – 201 B.C. The three highlights of the exhibit were a spooky, clay mask used for exorcisms; a chest plate and helmet made of limestone tiles; and a life-size Terracotta horse. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 That’s when the Caps reached these Eastern Conference finals with a full-throated civic exorcism of their traditional tormentors, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Can Capitals break losing spell for woebegone Washington?," 23 May 2018 According to Reuters, the 89-year-old Cardinal Ernest Simoni of Albania described reciting Latin prayers of exorcism over the phone, much like performing the rite in person. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Get An Exorcism From a Catholic Priest Over the Phone?," 21 Apr. 2018 There are priests who carry out exorcisms on their mobile phones. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "In exorcism course in Rome, priests are learning if Satan is to blame for porn | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 The release was unrelenting in its exorcism of Eminem's most ghoulish demons. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Eminem Celebrates 10 Years of Sobriety on Social Media," 22 Apr. 2018 This year's course suggested that future exorcisms might even get delivered over the phone. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Get An Exorcism From a Catholic Priest Over the Phone?," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of exorcism

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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