exorcise definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English exorcisen ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin exorcizare ; from Classical Greek exorkizein, to swear a person (in New Testament , to banish an evil spirit) ; from ex-, out plush horkizein, to make one swear ; from horkos, an oath, akin to horkanē, enclosure, herkos, fence, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ser-, wickerwork from source Classical Latin sarcire, to patch
exorcise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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