from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act, practice, or ceremony of exorcising.
  • noun A formula used in exorcising.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of expelling evil spirits by conjurations and religious or magical ceremonies; a conjuration or ceremony employed for this purpose.
  • noun The act of, or formula used in, raising the devil or other spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of exorcising; the driving out of evil spirits from persons or places by conjuration; also, the form of conjuration used.
  • noun rare Conjuration for raising spirits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the ritual act of driving out supposed evil spirits from persons, places or things who are possessed by them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun freeing from evil spirits


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  • The practice of evicting demons or other evil spiritual entities from a person or place which they are believed to have possessed (taken control of). The practice is quite ancient and part of the belief system of many religions. (Wikipedia)

    May 22, 2008