Variant of exorcise
- 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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