exorcism


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ex·or·cism

 (ĕk′sôr-sĭz′əm, -sər-)
n.
1. The act, practice, or ceremony of exorcising.
2. A formula used in exorcising.

ex′or·cist n.

ex•or•cism

(ˈɛk sɔrˌsɪz əm, -sər-)

n.
1. the act or process of exorcising.
2. the ceremony or the formula used in exorcising.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin < Greek]
ex`or•cis′mal (-məl) ex′or•ci`so•ry (-ˌsaɪ zə ri) ex`or•cis′ti•cal, ex`or•cis′tic,
ex′or•cist, n.

exorcism

1. the ceremony that seeks to expel an evil spirit from a person or place.
2. the act or process of exorcising. — exorcist, n.exorcismal, exorcisory, exorcistic, exorcistical, adj.
See also: Demons

exorcism

A ritual performed to expel an evil spirit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exorcism - freeing from evil spiritsexorcism - freeing from evil spirits    
supernaturalism - a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding
summoning, evocation - calling up supposed supernatural forces by spells and incantations

exorcism

noun driving out, cleansing, expulsion, purification, deliverance, casting out, adjuration The priest performed a rite of exorcism.
Translations
تَعْويذه لِطَرْد الأرواح الشِّرّيرَه
djævleuddrivelseeksorcisme
egzorcizam
ördögűzés
særing
zariekanie
kötü ruhları kovma

exorcism

[ˈeksɔːsɪzəm] Nexorcismo m

exorcism

[ˈɛksɔːrsɪzəm] n [evil spirit] → exorcisme m

exorcism

exorcism

[ˈɛksɔːsɪzm] nesorcismo

exorcize,

exorcise

(ˈeksoːsӕiz) verb
to drive away (an evil spirit); to rid (a house etc) of an evil spirit.
ˈexorcism noun
(an) act of exorcizing.
ˈexorcist noun
a person who exorcizes.
References in classic literature ?
He fumbled for his pitch- pipe, and arose with a confused intention of attempting a musical exorcism.
It was in his mind to repeat over the exorcism proper to such attacks; but the two burst out a-laughing at his scared face, and turning on to their heads once more, clapped their heels in derision.
Chloroform, applied in the capacity of an exorcism, was entirely new to Sir Patrick.
The words shall scarce have left thy lips, ere thou wilt either be an hundred feet under ground, in the dungeon of the Preceptory, to abide trial as a recreant knight; or, if his opinion holds concerning thy possession, thou wilt be enjoying straw, darkness, and chains, in some distant convent cell, stunned with exorcisms, and drenched with holy water, to expel the foul fiend which hath obtained dominion over thee.
In proportion as they redoubled the exorcisms he redoubled the temptations; so that day and night the bell was ringing full swing, announcing the extreme desire for mortification which the penitent experienced.
Huneefa she makes them for two rupees twelve annas with - oh, all sorts of exorcisms.
Meanwhile the procurator had exclaimed: "If the demon which possesses this goat, and which has resisted all exorcisms, persists in its deeds of witchcraft, if it alarms the court with them, we warn it that we shall be forced to put in requisition against it the gallows or the stake.
What would happen if we reflected more deeply upon the implications of baptism and its accompanying exorcism for the practice of medicine and the quest for wholeness?
In a nutshell: German import takes real exorcism story and turns it into an ambiguous, unnerving psychological portrait of a young girl coming to grips with her purpose in life.
Second place in the list went to the lesbian romance Sisters by Lynne Cheney which was released in 1981 and The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel by Felicitas D.
Exorcism and Enlightenment: Johann Joseph Gassner and the Demons of Eighteenth-Century Germany.
At one point, he uses the terms exorcism and conjuration interchangeably; technically, this is inaccurate, since these are actually opposite processes--casting a demon out as opposed to requesting a demonic visitation.