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exorcist

[ek-sawr-sist, -ser-] /ˈɛk sɔr sɪst, -sər-/
noun
1.
a person who practices exorcism.
2.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a member of the second-ranking of the four minor orders.
  2. the order itself.
    Compare acolyte (def 2), lector (def 2), ostiary (def 1).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin exorcista < Greek exorkistḗs. See exorcism, -ist
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Examples for exorcist
  • 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.
Word Origin and History for exorcist
n.

"one who drives out evil spirits," late 14c., from Late Latin exorcista, from Ecclesiastical Greek exorkistes "an exorcist," from exorkizein (see exorcism).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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exorcist in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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