exorcise

or ex·or·cize

[ ek-sawr-sahyz, -ser- ]
/ ˈɛk sɔrˌsaɪz, -sər- /

verb (used with object), ex·or·cised, ex·or·cis·ing.

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.

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Origin of exorcise

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin exorcizāre < Greek exorkízein, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)orkízein to cause (someone) to swear an oath

OTHER WORDS FROM exorcise

ex·or·cise·ment, nounex·or·cis·er, nounun·ex·or·cised, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exorcise

exercise exorcise (see synonym study at exercise)
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