exorcist

[ek-sawr-sist, -ser-]
noun
1.
a person who practices exorcism.
2.
Roman Catholic Church.
a.
a member of the second-ranking of the four minor orders.
b.
the order itself. Compare acolyte ( def 2 ), lector ( def 2 ), ostiary ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin exorcista < Greek exorkistḗs. See exorcism, -ist

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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
 
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[C15: from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein, from ex-1 + horkizein to adjure]
 
'exorcizer or exorcise
 
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'exorciser or exorcise
 
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'exorcism or exorcise
 
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'exorcist or exorcise
 
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Word Origin & History

exorcist
"one who drives out evil spirits," late 14c., from L.L. exorcista, from Gk. exorkistes, from exorkizein (see exorcism).
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Exorcist definition


(Acts 19:13). "In that sceptical and therefore superstitious age professional exorcist abounded. Many of these professional exorcists were disreputable Jews, like Simon in Samaria and Elymas in Cyprus (8:9; 13:6)." Other references to exorcism as practised by the Jews are found in Matt. 12:27; Mark 9:38; Luke 9:49, 50. It would seem that it was an opinion among the Jews that miracles might be wrought by invoking the divine name. Thus also these "vagabond Jews" pretended that they could expel daemons. The power of casting out devils was conferred by Christ on his apostles (Matt. 10:8), and on the seventy (Luke 10:17-19), and was exercised by believers after his ascension (Mark 16:17; Acts 16:18); but this power was never spoken of as exorcism.

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Example sentences
The oracles also play the role of exorcist-expelling or controlling malign spirits believed to be in patients.
Unfortunately, by this point he's so haunted that he needs an exorcist more than he needs a lover.
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