Variant of exorcise
transitive verbexorcised or exorcized, exorcising or exorcizing
- 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 of exorciseMiddle 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 + 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