exorcism

[ek-sawr-siz-uhm, -ser-]
noun
1.
the act or process of exorcising.
2.
the ceremony or the formula used in exorcising: An elaborate exorcism was pronounced over the sick man.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English exorcisme (< Old French) < Medieval Latin < Greek exorkismós administration of an oath. See exorcise, -ism

exorcismal [ek-sawr-siz-muhl, ‐ser] , exorcisory [ek-sawr-sahy-zuh-ree, ‐ser] , exorcistical, exorcistic, adjective
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exorcize or exorcise (ˈɛksɔːˌsaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to expel or attempt to expel (one or more evil spirits) from (a person or place believed to be possessed or haunted), by prayers, adjurations, and religious rites
 
[C15: from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein, from ex-1 + horkizein to adjure]
 
exorcise or exorcise
 
vb
 
[C15: from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein, from ex-1 + horkizein to adjure]
 
'exorcizer or exorcise
 
n
 
'exorciser or exorcise
 
n
 
'exorcism or exorcise
 
n
 
'exorcist or exorcise
 
n

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exorcism
14c., "a calling up or driving out of evil spirits," from L.L. exorcismus, from Gk. exorkizein "exorcize, bind by oath," from ex- "out of" + horkizein "cause to swear," from horkos "oath."
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Example sentences
Strange noises float from the church: an exorcism, apparently.
He mentions exorcism as a necessary ceremony at baptism.
There is probably no hangover that comes anywhere close to the hangover from an
  exorcism.
He writes about people who haunt him, and his stories can be read as attempts
  at exorcism.
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