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exorcism

[ek-sawr-siz-uh m, -ser-] /ˈɛk sɔrˌsɪz əm, -sər-/
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
1350-1400; Middle English exorcisme (< Old French) < Medieval Latin < Greek exorkismós administration of an oath. See exorcise, -ism
Related forms
exorcismal
[ek-sawr-siz-muh l, ‐ser] /ˌɛk sɔrˈsɪz məl, ‐sər/ (Show IPA),
exorcisory
[ek-sawr-sahy-zuh-ree, ‐ser] /ˈɛk sɔrˈsaɪ zə ri, ‐sər/ (Show IPA),
exorcistical, exorcistic, adjective
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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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