[ ek-sawr-sist, -ser- ]
/ ˈɛk sɔr sɪst, -sər- /


a person who practices exorcism.
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).

Nearby words

  1. exorable,
  2. exorbitance,
  3. exorbitant,
  4. exorcise,
  5. exorcism,
  6. exorcize,
  7. exordium,
  8. exoserosis,
  9. exoskeleton,
  10. exosmosis

Origin of exorcist

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin exorcista < Greek exorkistḗs. See exorcism, -ist

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Word Origin and History for exorcist



"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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