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

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Local police say Araioses isn’t in need of an exorcism, just more officers. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 2018 But this doesn’t need to feel like a demon exorcism one bit, Scorpio. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes September 17-23," 10 Sep. 2016 The bishop told Maginot to contact other priests who have performed exorcisms. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons," 25 Jan. 2014 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

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First Known Use of exorcism

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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