Exorcist
Exorcist Ex"or*cist (-s[i^]st), n. [L. exorcista, Gr. 'exorkisth`s: cf. F. exorciste.] 1. One who expels evil spirits by conjuration or exorcism. [1913 Webster]

Certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists. --Acts xix. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. A conjurer who can raise spirits. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Thou, like an exorcist, hast conjured up My mortified spirit. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • Exorcist — • (1) In general, any one who exorcises or professes to exorcise demons (cf. Acts 19:13); (2) in particular, one ordained by a bishop for this office, ordination to which is the second of the four minor orders of the Western Church Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • exorcist — EXORCÍST, Ă, exorcişti, te, adj., s.m. şi f. (Persoană) care practică exorcismul. – Din lat. exorcista, fr. exorciste. Trimis de claudia, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  exorcíst adj. m., s. m …   Dicționar Român

  • exorcist — one who drives out evil spirits, late 14c., from L.L. exorcista, from Ecclesiastical Gk. exorkistes an exorcist, from exorkizein (see EXORCISM (Cf. exorcism)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • exorcist — [eks′ôrsist, eks′ərsist] n. [ME < LL exorcista < Gr exorcistēs] 1. a person who exorcises 2. R.C.Ch. a member of the second highest of the four former minor orders …   English World dictionary

  • Exorcist — In some religions an exorcist (also called a witchman) is a person who is believed to be able to cast out the devil or other demon. A priest, a monk, a healer, a shaman or other specially prepared or instructed person can be an exorcist. An… …   Wikipedia

  • exorcist —    A person who expels DEMONs. Most exorcists are priests, clergy, or adepts; some laypersons call themselves exorcists. Exorcists use specific prayers and rituals to cause demons to leave people and/or places, either of their own volition or by… …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • exorcist — UK [ˈeksɔː(r)sɪst] / US [ˈeksɔrsɪst] noun [countable] Word forms exorcist : singular exorcist plural exorcists someone who gets rid of evil spirits for other people …   English dictionary

  • Exorcist —    (Acts 19:13). In that sceptical and therefore superstitious age professional exorcist abounded. Many of these professional exorcists were disreputable Jews, like Simon in Samaria and Elymas in Cyprus (8:9; 13:6). Other references to exorcism… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • exorcist — [[t]e̱ksɔː(r)sɪst[/t]] exorcists N COUNT An exorcist is someone who performs exorcisms …   English dictionary

  • exorcist —    This term refers to a priest who has special permission to perform an exorcism. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the minor order of exorcist was conferred on candidates for the priesthood …   Glossary of theological terms

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