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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Exorcist  \Ex"or*cist\  (-s[i^]st),  n.  [L.  exorcista,  Gr 
  'exorkisth`s:  cf  F.  exorciste.] 
  1.  One  who  expels  evil  spirits  by  conjuration  or  exorcism. 
 
  Certain  of  the  vagabond  Jews,  exorcists.  --Acts  xix. 
  13. 
 
  2.  A  conjurer  who  can  raise  spirits.  [R.] 
 
  Thou,  like  an  exorcist,  hast  conjured  up  My 
  mortified  spirit.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  exorcist 
  n  :  someone  who  practices  exorcism  [syn:  {exorciser}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Exorcist 
  (Acts  19:13).  "In  that  sceptical  and  therefore  superstitious  age 
  professional  exorcist  abounded.  Many  of  these  professional 
  exorcists  were  disreputable  Jews,  like  Simon  in  Samaria  and 
  Elymas  in  Cyprus  (8:9;  13:6)."  Other  references  to  exorcism  as 
  practised  by  the  Jews  are  found  in  Matt.  12:27;  Mark  9:38;  Luke 
  9:49,  50.  It  would  seem  that  it  was  an  opinion  among  the  Jews 
  that  miracles  might  be  wrought  by  invoking  the  divine  name  Thus 
  also  these  "vagabond  Jews"  pretended  that  they  could  expel 
  daemons. 
 
  The  power  of  casting  out  devils  was  conferred  by  Christ  on  his 
  apostles  (Matt.  10:8),  and  on  the  seventy  (Luke  10:17-19),  and 
  was  exercised  by  believers  after  his  ascension  (Mark  16:17;  Acts 
  16:18);  but  this  power  was  never  spoken  of  as  exorcism. 
 




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