from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act, practice, or ceremony of exorcising.
- n. A formula used in exorcising.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the ritual act of driving out supposed evil spirits from persons, places or things who are possessed by them.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of exorcising; the driving out of evil spirits from persons or places by conjuration; also, the form of conjuration used.
- n. Conjuration for raising spirits.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of expelling evil spirits by conjurations and religious or magical ceremonies; a conjuration or ceremony employed for this purpose.
- n. The act of, or formula used in, raising the devil or other spirit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freeing from evil spirits
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The Church of England does not use the term exorcism, but it does have a Deliverance Ministry with a cleric on standby in each of its 43 diocese to cast out evil spirits if required to do so.
I just watched the Palin exorcism ... what a whack job!
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Their sorceries; they have their charms, and magic arts, and rites in exorcism and other things.
To believe in exorcism, you’d probably have to believe that a powerful evil entity exists, and that said entity would take it upon itself totake over a person’s body.