Definition of exorcism in English:

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exorcism

Pronunciation: /ˈɛksɔːsɪz(ə)m/

noun

[mass noun]
The expulsion or attempted expulsion of a supposed evil spirit from a person or place: the rite of exorcism [count noun]: figurative an exorcism of the authoritarian past
More example sentences
  • In actual fact, I think it was more an attempt at personal exorcism.
  • Similarly, there are other rituals outside their sphere of activity, such as the propitiation or exorcism of dangerous spirits.
  • One was an attempt at exorcism, the other a rather more practical if overly melodramatic way of making the pain go away.
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exorcist

Pronunciation: /ˈɛksɔːsɪst/
noun
Example sentences
  • He is one of the leading exorcists, and he is more informed about these things than we.
  • The retired priest is one of a team of 12 exorcists in the diocese called out to deal with haunted buildings and occult disturbances.
  • This is the second year that the Vatican has offered a course for aspiring demonologists and exorcists.

Origin

Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek exorkismos, from exorkizein 'exorcize'.

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