Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Word of the Day - Exorcisms back in fashion. Vatican demurred

Exorcisms are back in fashion in the Catholic Church (from The New York Times)

Last month, the low-budget shaky-cam exorcist movie, “The Devil Inside,” scored big despite sulfurous reviews. And, in a new book, Father Gabriele Amorth, the exorcist for the diocese of Rome — who has complained that yoga and Harry Potter are evil — claims that Pope Benedict exorcised two possessed men who were howling and banging their heads on the ground by blessing them.

The Vatican demurred that the pope has no knowledge of this. But Father Amorth wrote that “simply the presence of the pope can soothe and in some way help the possessed in their fight against the one who possesses them.”


Part of Speech: verb

Definition: disagree

Synonyms: balk, cavil, challenge, combat, complain, deprecate, disapprove, dispute, doubt, fight, hem and haw, hesitate, object, oppose, pause, protest, pussyfoot, refuse, remonstrate, resist, scruple, shy, stick, stickle, strain, take exception, vacillate, wait and see, waver

Notes: demur is the verb 'to object or voice opposition' while demure is the adjective meaning 'modest, shy'