- to drive (an evil spirit or spirits) out or away by ritual prayers, incantations, etc.
- Rare to adjure (such a spirit or spirits)
- to free from such a spirit or spirits
Origin: ME exorcisen < LL(Ec) exorcizare < Gr exorkizein, to swear a person (in N.T., to banish an evil spirit) < ex-, out + horkizein, to make one swear < horkos, an oath, akin to horkanē, enclosure, herkos, fence, prob. < IE base *ser-, wickerwork > L sarcire, to patch
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transitive verb ex·or·cised, ex·or·cis·ing, ex·or·cis·es
- To expel (an evil spirit) by or as if by incantation, command, or prayer.
- To free from evil spirits or malign influences.
Origin: Middle English exorcisen, from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein : ex-, out of; see exo- + horkizein, to make one swear (from horkos, oath).
- exˈor·cisˌer noun