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  • v. To exorcise or renounce by blowing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To exorcise or renounce by blowing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eccles., to exorcise, drive away, or remove by blowing.

Etymologies

Latin exsufflare to blow at or upon; ex out + sufflare. See sufflate. (Wiktionary)

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  • The exorcising such a demon is practised by white men as a religious rite, even including the act of exsufflating it, or blowing it away, which our Mojave Indian illustrated by the gesture of blowing away an imaginary spirit, and which is well known as forming a part of the religious rites of both the Greek and Roman Church.
    E.B. Tylor, Science, IV. 547.

    May 21, 2011

  • Mechanical insufflation-exsufflation has nothing to do with rites of baptism or exorcism.

    May 9, 2011

  • JM is blown away by exsufflate events.

    May 9, 2011

  • Still used in medical contexts: to exsufflate the lungs, the bowel, the abdomen. See Apparatus and methods for controlling pressurization of a body cavity.

    February 12, 2008

  • To blow out, blow away.

    February 12, 2008