exorcism

noun
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 Forty-five years later, Nengudi, who is now 77 and is finally receiving credit as a leader of both the Black Arts and performance art movements, sees the sculptures differently, as an exorcism of abuse inflicted upon her as a child. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, "In Strange Times, Eerie Stories Confront the Unknown," 9 Nov. 2020 Here is a kind of exorcism, conjuring demons present and past. Peter Van Agtmael, Magazine, "How photography helps us make sense of this unforgettable year," 8 Dec. 2020 Khodorkovsky moment, Estonian tax, the return of sail, commercial real estate woes, and execution vs. exorcism — an economic case study. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Betting on a Biden Binge," 3 Nov. 2020 Scrutiny of this proposition through the lens of rational choice theory suggests, however, that exorcism was inferior to executions as a technology choice for the congregant-maximizing Puritan ministers in Salem Village in 1692. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Betting on a Biden Binge," 3 Nov. 2020 In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after US protests," 31 Oct. 2020 In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after US protests," 31 Oct. 2020 Because the production, a civics lesson as personal exorcism, depends on the relationship between Schreck and the audience, Heller boosted the house lights to record the crowd’s response. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Hamilton’ Was Just the Beginning. Hollywood Loves Broadway, Again.," 4 Nov. 2020 And these new ideas of horror often lean into something even more bone-chilling than the undead or an exorcism: a culture of anti-Blackness. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "In A Horror Movie About Hair, The Biggest Villain Goes Unseen," 29 Oct. 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 23 Jan. 2021.

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