Definition of exorcism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeksɔːsɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɔːrsɪzəm//
    [uncountable, countable] Religious ceremonies
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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 afterwards the ghost disappeared. See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  2. 2(formal) the act of making yourself forget a bad experience or memory
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek exorkismos, from exorkizein ‘exorcize’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exorcism