Unclean spirit

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(Script.) a wicked spirit; a demon.
- Mark i. 27.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
As he watches the spasmodic shoots and darts that break out of her face and limbs, like fitful lightning out of a dark sky, some contagion in them seizes upon him: insomuch that he has to withdraw himself to a lean arm-chair by the hearth--placed there, perhaps, for such emergencies--and to sit in it, holding tight, until he has got the better of this unclean spirit of imitation.
Vholes, after glancing at the official cat who is patiently watching a mouse's hole, fixes his charmed gaze again on his young client and proceeds in his buttoned-up, half-audible voice as if there were an unclean spirit in him that will neither come out nor speak out, "What are you to do, sir, you inquire, during the vacation.
And with that he turned and went into the church with bowed head, crossing himself like one who wishes to be quit of an unclean spirit. He was anxious to forget such grossness in the cool twilight of his tall Gothic cloisters; but on that morning it was fated that his still round of religious exercises should be everywhere arrested by small shocks.
But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "'If you can!' Everything is possible to one who has faith." Then the boy's father cried out, "I do believe, help my unbelief!" Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, "Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!" Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out.
Our scripture professor in the seminary pointed out that today's Gospel shows us the first two acts of Christ in his ministry, teaching and exorcising the man with the unclean spirit. The word and deed defined the major themes of his mission.
Have you come to destroy us?" Does having authority mean having others fear you?Consider again the outburst of the man with the unclean spirit. If he had just stayed quiet, maybe he could have just blended in with everybody else.
What are we to make of the fact that Mark puts that question in the mouth of an unclean spirit? To make matters worse, the demon got everything right by calling Jesus the Holy One of God and accusing him of having come to destroy evil spirits.
Coming to some months later, she attempts to drown a newborn baby and causes people to kill themselves by whispering into their ears before two holy men - Michael Pena and Peter Anderson - are called in to drive out the unclean spirit inside her.
What the people see before them is the person of Jesus, but what the unclean spirit sees is the cosmic Christ.
He has an unclean spirit. The spirit recognizes the authority of Jesus, the authority even to destroy it.
And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
The only writing that Jesus appears to have done during his earthly lifetime was doodling "on the ground with his finger" during the trial of the woman caught in adultery, and the scribes publicly accused him of "hav[ing] an unclean spirit" or mental illness (John 8:6, Mark 3:30).