exorciser

[ ek-sawr-sahyz, -ser- ]SEE DEFINITION OF exorciser
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Their help is essential to ensure the effectiveness of the exorciser's task.

It is interesting to note that the woman appears as the exorciser of the disease.

Macrinus had persuaded Caesar to send for the exorciser, to test his arts.

"As well as her interesting invention—the Exorciser," she went on relentlessly.

The exorciser would have no difficulty in threading his way through the complicated mass.

With a raised torch in one hand, the bewitched person repeats the incantation recited by the exorciser.

To prescribe the formula to be used to the one appealing for help, is the special function of the priest acting as exorciser.

The section closes with the ordinary request of the exorciser to the victim: "Recite this incantation."

The natural and indeed necessary complement to the priest as exorciser is the priest as the forecaster of the future.

The exorciser also occasionally laid himself open to inquisitorial animadversion.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "to invoke spirits," from Old French exorciser (14c.), from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein "banish an evil spirit; bind by oath" (see exorcism).

Sense of "calling up evil spirits to drive them out" became dominant 16c. A rare case where -ise trumps -ize on both sides of the Atlantic, perhaps by influence of exercise. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.

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