ex·​or·​cism | \ ˈek-ˌsȯr-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce exorcism (audio) , -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 How to pronounce exorcist (audio) , -​səst , -​sər-​ \ noun
exorcistic \ ˌek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈsi-​stik How to pronounce exorcistic (audio) , -​sər-​ \ or exorcistical \ ˌek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈsi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce exorcistical (audio) , -​sər-​ \ adjective

Examples of exorcism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first episode, a traveling salesman documents a poltergeist using his cell phone during his motel stay, but he is soon possessed by the spirit of a murderer – and finds himself in need of an exorcism. Katey Clifford, oregonlive, "Dan Aykroyd narrates ‘Hotel Paranormal’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 12 July 2020 Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano of Rome called on his fellow clergy to perform a mass exorcism on Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday, Jesus' crucifixion, and Easter Sunday, celebrating his resurrection. Fox News, "Archbishop calls for mass exorcism: 'The Evil One has gone into a frenzy'," 11 Apr. 2020 Catholic priests in the Philippines are turning to prayers of spiritual cleansing and exorcism to fight against the coronavirus epidemic. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Spiritual warfare is our ministry': Priests call for daily coronavirus exorcism," 21 Mar. 2020 Bernardo Velasco, Julio Torres, Cassandra Ciangherotti, and Ana Fabrega star as amateur horror enthusiasts who launch an on-demand service for all things creepy and kooky, and their first assignment is to stage an exorcism. Ew Staff, EW.com, "The 30 best TV episodes of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 In February, the Vatican created new exorcism training after demand for the practice skyrocketed in Italy over the past several years. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Spiritual warfare is our ministry': Priests call for daily coronavirus exorcism," 21 Mar. 2020 The trailer teases Paltrow and her team, talking about everything from energy healing to psychedelics to exorcisms. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Why Netflix is partnering with Goop and its controversies," 7 Jan. 2020 Until Xavier Tillman performed a 10-foot-high exorcism in midair. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Xavier Tillman's put-back slam after missed layups a revival for Michigan State basketball," 12 Feb. 2020 Investigators said the killings and abuses are associated with some sort of exorcism and conversion rituals. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Seven dead and 14 tortured in exorcism ritual by religious sect," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of exorcism

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exorcism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exorcism. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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