verb (used with object), ex·or·cised, ex·or·cis·ing.
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|David Freedlander|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Lewis Spence
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|Louis Couperus
"You may exorcize the devils first," the Colonel grimly remarked to the priest, wiping the blood off his sleeves.Werwolves|Elliott O'Donnell
Word Origin 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.