American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Exorcise

EX’ORCISE, v.i. s as z. [Gr. to adjure, to bind by oath, an oath.]

1. To adjure by some holy name; but chiefly, to expel evil spirits by conjurations, prayers and ceremonies. To exorcise a person, is to expel from him the evil spirit supposed to possess him. To exorcise a demon or evil spirit, is to cast him out or drive him from a person, by prayers or other ceremonies.

2. To purify from unclean spirits by adjurations and ceremonies; to deliver from the influence of malignant spirits or demons; as, to exorcise a bed or a house.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Exorcise," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed January 26, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95FJ2IA1EXPTL5Z.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Exorcise." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 26 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95FJ2IA1EXPTL5Z.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Exorcise' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 26 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95FJ2IA1EXPTL5Z.