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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But first there was a small act of exorcism to be performed.
▪ Muttering some vulgar exorcism to avert the jinx, Juron tore the panel open.
▪ The Republican convention was the most lavish exorcism in history.
▪ They also point out that the New Testament is full of demon possession and exorcisms.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Exorcism \Ex"or*cism\ (-s[i^]z'm), n. [L. exorcismus, Gr. 'exorkizmo`s; cf. F. exorcisme.]

  1. The act of exorcising; the driving out of evil spirits from persons or places by conjuration; also, the form of conjuration used.

  2. Conjuration for raising spirits. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "a calling up or driving out of evil spirits," from Late Latin exorcismus, from Greek exorkismos "administration of an oath," in Ecclesiastical Greek, "exorcism," from exorkizein "exorcize, bind by oath," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + horkizein "cause to swear," from horkos "oath." Earlier in the same sense was exorcization (late 14c.).


n. the ritual act of driving out supposed evil spirits from persons, places or things who are possessed by them.


n. freeing from evil spirits [syn: dispossession]


Exorcism (from Greek ἐξορκισμός, exorkismos – binding by oath) is the religious or spiritual practice of purportedly evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or an area they are believed to have possessed. Depending on the spiritual beliefs of the exorcist, this may be done by causing the entity to swear an oath, performing an elaborate ritual, or simply by commanding it to depart in the name of a higher power. The practice is ancient and part of the belief system of many cultures and religions.

Requested and performed exorcisms had begun to decline in the United States by the 18th century and occurred rarely until the latter half of the 20th century when the public saw a sharp rise due to the media attention exorcisms were getting. There was “a 50% increase in the number of exorcisms performed between the early 1960s and the mid-1970s”.

Exorcism (song)

"Exorcism" is Killing Joke's first single from their ninth studio album, Pandemonium. It was released on 11 March 1994.

"Exorcism", like " Money Is Not Our God", failed to chart on the UK Singles Charts.

Exorcism (band)

Exorcism is a Multinational doom metal band founded by Csaba Zvekan ( Raven Lord, Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) .

The musical style is often compared to bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Trouble and Saint Vitus.

The band signed a record contract with Golden Core Records which is a sub label by ZYX Music, Germany. On February 9, 2015 the band announced to be signed with Dream Records.

Usage examples of "exorcism".

Holy Water is given as a further remedy against the assaults of demons, because the baptismal exorcisms are not given a second time.

For if a child die after the exorcisms, before being baptized, it is not saved.

I am going to accept your convulsions as natural, and to believe in the demoniac symptoms which came on so seasonably during the exorcisms, although you very properly expressed your doubts on the matter?

When we drew near her bed, her breathing had, to all appearance, stopped, and the exorcisms of her brother did not restore it.

Further, just as the exorcism is ordained to Baptism, so if anything be effected in the exorcism, it is ordained to the effect of Baptism.

For exorcism is ordained against energumens or those who are possessed.

Jesuit residing in Poitiers, Pere Gaut of the Oratory, residing at Tours, to conduct the exorcisms, should such be necessary, and have given them an order to this effect.

Cleppetty pursued an escaped quail about the kitchen with a broom, and Ghillie, huddled in a corner, frantically read names out loud from a book of household exorcisms.

Inside Kithraformerly of the Skyrrmanwas struggling to hold down the lid of a pot from which a score of naked chicken wings protruded, flapping madly, while Cleppetty pursued an escaped quail about the kitchen with a broom, and Ghillie, huddled in a corner, frantically read names out loud from a book of household exorcisms.

Desperately he resorts to exorcism via long-range television focused on Lithia to test its reality.

Caesar was my myna bird, rescued in some unknown, unknowable, miraculous fashion from the holocaust of the exorcism.

For good measure he also said over the exorcism against the various pustules, poisons, and the food that returns after being eaten.

While the faithful filled the churches offering up prayers for the success of the exorcisms, Mignon and Barre entered upon their task at the convent, where they remained shut up with the nuns for six hours.

The bailiff gave Grandier a statement of the conclusions at which he had arrived, and told him that the exorcisms had been performed that day by Barre, armed with the authority of the Bishop of Poitiers himself.

The bailiff, seeing that fresh plots against Grandier were being formed, sent for him and warned him that Barre had come over from Chinon the day before, and had resumed his exorcisms at the convent, adding that it was currently reported in the town that the mother superior and Sister Claire were again tormented by devils.