Dictionary: EX-ON-ER-A'TION – EX-OS'SE-OUS

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The act of disburdening or discharging; the act of freeing from a charge or imputation.


Freeing from a burden or obligation.

EX-OPH'YL-LOUS, a. [Gr. εξ and φυλλον, a leaf.]

Being naked or not sheathed in another leaf.


Earnest desire, or wish.

EX'O-RA-BLE, a. [L. exorabilis, from exoro; ex and oro, to pray.]

That may be moved or persuaded by entreaty. Harrington.

EX'O-RATE, v.t.

To obtain by request.

EX-ORB'I-TANCE, or EX-ORB'I-TAN-CY, n. [egzorb'itance; L. exorbitans, from ex and orbita, the track of a wheel, orbis, on orb.]

Literally, a going beyond or without the track or usual limit. Hence, enormity; extravagance; a deviation from rule or the ordinary limits of right or propriety; as, the exorbitancies of the tongue, or of deportment. The reverence of my presence may be a curb to your exorbitancies. Dryden.

EX-ORB'I-TANT, a. [L. exorbitans.]

  1. Literally, departing from an orbit or usual track. Hence, deviating from the usual course; going beyond the appointed rules or established limits of right or propriety; hence, excessive; extravagant; enormous. We speak of exorbitant appetites and passions; exorbitant demands or claims; exorbitant taxes.
  2. Anomalous; not comprehended in a settled rule or method. The Jews were inured with causes exorbitant. Hooker.


Enormously; excessively.


To go beyond the usual track or orbit; to deviate from the usual limit. Bentley.

EX'OR-CISE, v.t. [s as z. Gr. εξορκιζω, to adjure, from ὁρκιζω, to bind by oath, from ὁρκος, 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. Encyc.
  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.


Expelled from a person or place by conjurations and prayers; freed from demons in like manner.


One who pretends to cast out evil spirits by adjurations and conjuration.


Expelling evil spirits by prayers and ceremonies.

EX'OR-CISM, n. [L. exorcismus; Gr. εξορκισμος.]

The expulsion of evil spirits from persons or places by certain adjurations and ceremonies. Exorcism was common among the Jews, and still makes a part of the superstitions of some churches. Encyc.


One who pretends to expel evil spirits by conjuration, prayers and ceremonies. Acts xix.

EX-ORD'I-AL, a. [infra.]

Pertaining to the exordium of a discourse; introductory. Brown.

EX-ORD'I-UM, n. [plur. exordiums. L. from exordior; ex and ordior, to begin. See Order.]

In oratory, the beginning; the introductory part of a discourse, which prepares the audience for the main subject; the preface or proemial part of a composition. The exordium may be formal and deliberate, or abrupt and vehement, according to the nature of the subject and occasion.

EX-OR-NA'TION, n. [L. exornatio, from exorno; ex and orno, to adorn.]

Ornament; decoration; embellishment. Hale. Hooker.

EX'OR-RHIZ, or EX-OR-RHI'ZA, n. [Gr. εξ and ριζα.]

In botany, a plant whose radicle elongates downward, directly from the base of the embryo. Lindley.


Pertaining to an exorrhiza.

EX-ORT'IVE, a. [L. exortivus; ex and ortus, a rising.]

Rising; relating to the east.

EX-OS-MOSE', n. [Gr. εξ and ωσμος, impulsion.]

The passage of gases, vapors, or liquids, through porous media from within. Brande.

EX-OS'SA-TED, a. [infra.]

Deprived of bones.

EX-OS'SE-OUS, a. [L. ex and ossa, bones.]

Without bones; destitute of bones; as, exosseous animals. Brown.