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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Defensive Rookie of the Year: Josh Allen, LB, Jaguars Comeback Player of the Year: Joe Flacco, QB, Broncos Coach of the Year: Pete Carroll, Seahawks This is a season of cleansing and exorcisms. The Mmqb Staff, SI.com, "NFL Predictions 2019: Complete Playoff Picks, Super Bowl LIV Champion, Awards Winners," 4 Sep. 2019 An unfrocked priest seeks redemption by performing an exorcism on a young woman. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Anneliese Michel probably died because of The Exorcist, a movie that created a huge boom in exorcism cases. Laura Barcella, Longreads, "‘Horror Is a Soothing Genre … It’s Upfront About How Scary It Is To Be a Woman.’," 14 Aug. 2019 The Divine Fury An MMA fighter takes on this devil in this South Korean twist on the exorcism movie in which director Kim Joo-hwan manages to come up with some visually stunning moments. SFChronicle.com, "Capsule movie reviews for Aug. 18," 14 Aug. 2019 Christian groups criticized her 2012 Grammy Awards performance, which included dancing priests and an exorcism. Aya Batrawy, chicagotribune.com, "Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia," 3 July 2019 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 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 Reverend Amorth, who died in 2016 not long after Friedkin made this movie, was reported to have performed more than 160,000 exorcisms over his career. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Myths and Realities Behind The Exorcist," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of exorcism

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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