- to seek to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration or religious or solemn ceremonies: to exorcise a demon.
- to free (a person, place, etc.) of evil spirits or malignant influences.
Origin of exorcise
Examples from the Web for exorcise
In the God-fearing, heavily Baptist town of West Memphis, devil worshiping became a scourge to exorcise.‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’: Its Road to the Academy Awards
February 22, 2012
Does it merely take a united family leveling threats all at once to exorcise some of the demonic powers of addiction?The Rehab Show That Works
July 21, 2010
He's certainly done a lot to exorcise the whole Reagan era, and this is him at his best.Grade: Incomplete
April 28, 2009
The demon replied, "It is not customary to exorcise in that tongue."
Some monks of the abbey were requested to come also and exorcise the spirit.
There is nothing like beef and beer to exorcise evil spirits.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
They exorcise the Sudhiniyas or the drinkers of human blood.
A man riding on the mare entered the Church with a friend, to exorcise the Spirit.Welsh Folk-Lore
Word Origin and History for exorcise
c.1400, "to invoke spirits," from Old French exorciser (14c.), from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein "banish an evil spirit; bind by oath" (see exorcism).
Sense of "calling up evil spirits to drive them out" became dominant 16c. A rare case where -ise trumps -ize on both sides of the Atlantic, perhaps by influence of exercise. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.