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Definition of exorcism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈɛksərˌsɪzəm//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1the act of getting rid of an evil spirit from a place or a person's body by prayers or magic; a ceremony where this is done A priest performed an exorcism and afterward the ghost disappeared.
  2. 2(formal) the act of making yourself forget a bad experience or memory
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: exorcism