exorcism

[ ek-sawr-siz-uh m, -ser- ]SEE DEFINITION OF exorcism
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There was no new formula of exorcism, nor any untried enchantment.

The effect of suggestion, exorcism, etc., should be tried and noted.

The exorcism was more effective if the name of the demon could be ascertained.

I knew I was awake now and free from the spell, for no spell can withstand this exorcism.

The Bouda, moreover, agreed to restore her human appearance, and began his exorcism.

Refer to it, and follow me while I repeat the exorcism entirely.

After having uselessly employed every kind of exorcism, they sent for me.

All the usual remedies were had recourse to for the purpose of exorcism, but in vain.

Then followeth the exorcism of the salt, and the water, and the ashes.

As I have said, the method of exorcism varies with different groups.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "a calling up or driving out of evil spirits," from Late Latin exorcismus, from Greek exorkismos, from exorkizein "exorcize, bind by oath," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + horkizein "cause to swear," from horkos "oath." Earlier in the same sense was exorcization (late 14c.).

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