exorcism

noun

ex·​or·​cism ˈek-ˌsȯr-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce exorcism (audio)
-sər-
1
: the act or practice of exorcising
2
: a spell or formula used in exorcising
exorcist
ˈek-ˌsȯr-ˌsist How to pronounce exorcism (audio)
-səst
-sər-
noun
exorcistic adjective
or exorcistical

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to Screen Rant, after trying multiple different outlets, his family asked a priest to perform an exorcism. Fox News, 29 Oct. 2022 Part of the movie follows Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter), a college student who undergoes an exorcism after medication fails to help her with psychosis and epilepsy. Lia Beck, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2022 But when Jensen and Danneel realized that creating 10 episodes in as many weeks wasn't realistic, the idea died about as quickly as a demon during an exorcism. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2022 Up until her arrival, exorcism education was just for the priests. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 28 Oct. 2022 The rest of the film is sparer in interviews and mainly features Monk playing solo, in gloriously inventive performances—in which his percussive touch at the keyboard has the calm fury of an exorcism. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2022 The other part focuses on the trial of the priest (Tom Wilkinson) who performed the exorcism and his lawyer (Laura Linney). Lia Beck, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2022 Back in London and genuinely believing he was demonically possessed, Waugh asked the Rev. Phillip Caraman, a distinguished Jesuit priest, to perform an exorcism on him. Christopher Buckley, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 Six years after her symptoms first showed, a local pastor was granted permission to perform an exorcism twice a week. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exorcism was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Exorcism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exorcism. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

exorcism

noun

ex·​or·​cism ˈek-ˌsȯr-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce exorcism (audio)
-sər-
: the act or practice of exorcising
exorcist
-ˌsist How to pronounce exorcism (audio)
-səst
noun
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