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[ek-sawr-sist, -ser-]
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  1. a person who practices exorcism.
  2. Roman Catholic Church.
    1. a member of the second-ranking of the four minor orders.
    2. the order itself.Compare acolyte(def 2), lector(def 2), ostiary(def 1).
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Origin of exorcist

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin exorcista < Greek exorkistḗs. See exorcism, -ist
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"one who drives out evil spirits," late 14c., from Late Latin exorcista, from Ecclesiastical Greek exorkistes "an exorcist," from exorkizein (see exorcism).

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