- 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 exorcize
Only then can the right potion be discovered to exorcize the ghost of Romney for good.Ghost of Mitt Romney, Hanging Around Since November, to Appear at CPAC
February 21, 2013
"You may exorcize the devils first," the Colonel grimly remarked to the priest, wiping the blood off his sleeves.Werwolves
This is the fifth time to-day that the procession goes its round, that the reliquary is borne on high, to exorcize the calamity.Majesty
A fear was upon Setne because of Se-Osiris, who answered not, and then he pronounced words that exorcize the ghosts of the dead.Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt
- (tr) to expel or attempt to expel (one or more evil spirits) from (a person or place believed to be possessed or haunted), by prayers, adjurations, and religious rites
Word Origin and History for exorcize
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.