from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who casts out evil spirits by adjurations and conjuration.
- noun One who calls up spirits; a conjurer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An exorcist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun One who performs an
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun someone who practices exorcism
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
When the symptoms were very complicated, the patient was supposed to be possessed with many demons — a demon of madness, one of luxury, one of avarice, one of obstinacy, one of short-sightedness, one of deafness; and the exorciser could not easily miss finding a demon of foolery created, with another of knavery.
In Mesopotamia, where the reading of omens was developed into an art, the symptoms of the disease were understood as omens too, just as a potsherd found by the exorciser on his way to the sick man could be of ominous portent.
A spell, certainly, was over everyone, and then the exorciser became human, and jested deliciously till the early morning, when, as I went home through the still garrulous and peopled streets, I saw the last flutter of flags and streamers between night and dawn.
To prescribe the formula to be used to the one appealing for help, is the special function of the priest acting as exorciser.
Night being a favorite time for the recital of the incantations, it was natural that the orb of night, the god Sin, should be added to the pantheon of the exorciser.
Accompanying these threats, the actions indicated were symbolically performed by the exorciser on effigies of the witches made, in this case, of bitumen covered with pitch.
In this way the exorciser proceeds to enumerate an exceedingly long list of sins -- no less than one hundred -- most of which are ethical misdemeanors, while others are merely ceremonial transgressions.
And if, besides striking the real cause, the exorciser is fortunate enough in his enumeration of the various gods, goddesses, and spirits to call by name upon the _right_ god or spirit, the one who has the power over the demon in question, his object is achieved.
The exorciser would have no difficulty in threading his way through the complicated mass.
He is therefore in a peculiar sense 'the lord of the fates' of mankind, the chief exorciser, the all-wise magician of the gods, at whose command and under whose protection, the priest performs his symbolical acts.