exorcist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exorcist someone who practices exorcism
    • n exorcist one of the minor orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the movie "The Exorcist" the vomit that (Regan) Linda Blair hurls at Father Damien Karras is thick pea soup
    • Exorcist A conjurer who can raise spirits. "Thou, like an exorcist , hast conjured up
      My mortified spirit."
    • Exorcist One who expels evil spirits by conjuration or exorcism. "Certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exorcist One who exorcises evil spirits; ecclesiastical, a member of an order of ecclesiastics, which became a distinct class during the third century, whose office it was to expel evil spirits. This order still exists in the Roman Catholic and Greek churches, with its original office and a few minor duties added, such as bidding the non-communicants give place to the communicants at the celebration of the eucharist.
    • n exorcist One who calls or conjures up evil spirits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Exorcist one who exorcises or pretends to expel evil spirits by adjurations:
    • Exorcist (R.C. Church) the third of the minor orders
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exorcista, Gr. 'exorkisth`s: cf. F. exorciste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Late L., from Gr. exorkizeinex, out, horkos, an oath.

Usage

In literature:

The apostles passed, just as Jesus did, for powerful exorcists.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
In the end he let St. Hilary ordain him exorcist.
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
Thou, like an exorcist, hast conjur'd up My mortified spirit.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
We must then distinguish well between possessions and possessions, exorcists and exorcists.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
He it was who needed the exorcist, although the truth would have greatly surprised him.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The exorcist is replaced by the physician.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
The Ojha is the village exorcist; and the Phantwal a subordinate of the Deoshi.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
In the narrative of English witchcraft the story of the exorcists is a side-issue.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
Jesus was reputed to have the gifts of an exorcist.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Manzai, exorcists who drive devils out of the houses at New Year's time, 357.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon
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In news:

He falls asleep, and wakes up moments later to find her having a seizure straight out of The Exorcist.
Vatican Exorcist and Mark Driscoll Agree: Yoga Is Satanic.
'Exorcist' author taking on Georgetown for 'defying' Catholic doctrine .
According to the diocese's chief exorcist , Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the number of complaints about demonic possession has sharply increased over the past 15 years.
The Catholic Church in Milan, Italy has set up an exorcist hotline to deal with an influx in calls.
The exorcism involving Jesuit priests at Saint Louis University inspired the iconic film "The Exorcist ".
(Part 2) The exorcism involving Jesuit priests at Saint Louis University inspired the iconic film "The Exorcist ".
The movie improves when Hebrew reggae star Matisyahu shows up as the exorcist , even though the spirit-removal scenes go by too fast.
So if this was an exorcism — a matter debated in the sources — then King David was the first recorded exorcist .
He is also a practicing exorcist .
In the fall of 2005, Father Thomas traveled to Rome to complete a year-long training course under the tutelage of a master Italian exorcist .
More, he's an exorcist from a supposedly long line of exorcists , but he's also had enough of it—along with a crisis of faith—and is allowing himself to be filmed for a documentary about specious ministers and bogus exorcists .
It won't supplant " The Exorcist ," but it stands up nicely to DIY-tinged shiver stalwarts "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity.".
It won't supplant " The Exorcist ," but.
In 1974 Linda Blair's possessed " Exorcist " performance was nominated for an Academy Award.
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