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 exorcism (audio) , -​səst , -​sər-​ \ noun
exorcistic \ ˌek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈsi-​stik How to pronounce exorcism (audio) , -​sər-​ \ or exorcistical \ ˌek-​ˌsȯr-​ˈsi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce exorcism (audio) , -​sər-​ \ adjective

Examples of exorcism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The demonic goings-on make their way into reality, which is when a Vatican black-ops unit gets involved, but the high-tech variation on a theme unfortunately zaps away the personal and spiritual aspects that make exorcism movies so darn disturbing. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 The exorcism, completely with a meta-wink nod to The Exorcist, doesn’t exactly go off without a hitch. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 1 June 2021 After the exorcism, Nora’s husband, Nick, joins us for lunch, placing his hands gently on his wife’s shoulders before kissing the top of her head. Deborah Copaken, The Atlantic, 25 July 2021 With Lorraine’s clairvoyance comes the occasional devastatingly personal insight, which recently shook her to her core during an exorcism. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 3 June 2021 Douglas’ vocals are loud and powerful, yet vulnerable and raw; her singing is less of a performance and more an exorcism of rage and sorrow. Katie Bain, Billboard, 7 May 2021 Lasso stages an exorcism to lift a curse on AFC Richmond. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 14 July 2021 Here are five steps your organization needs to take to perform a cultural exorcism: 1. Stephanie Hartman, Forbes, 25 May 2021 In fact, the movie is really about Mary, a young mother dealing with the loss of her child before, during, and after witnessing her closest friend (the titular Agnes) go through a brutal exorcism. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, 15 June 2021

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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 16 Sep. 2021.

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