verb (used with object), ex·or·cised, ex·or·cis·ing.
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|Lorenza Muñoz|February 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Does it merely take a united family leveling threats all at once to exorcise some of the demonic powers of addiction?
He's certainly done a lot to exorcise the whole Reagan era, and this is him at his best.
If you cannot exorcise the demon of prejudice, you can chain him down to law and reason.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4|Albert J. Beveridge
Several uncomfortable demons have taken possession of it and Jill isn't able to exorcise them.The House that Jill Built|E. C. Gardner
It was plain, said the butchers, that the clergy were of no use; they could not exorcise demons!The Princess and Curdie|George MacDonald
She had already been to a clergyman who should exorcise the devil, and who had judiciously directed her to me.Religion & Sex|Chapman Cohen
Indeed, its visits became so frequent, that a clergyman of eminence was employed to exorcise it.Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)|Walter Scott
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.