transitive verb-·cised· or -·cized·, -·cis·ing or -·ciz·ing
- 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 horkan?, enclosure, herkos, fence, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form ser-, wickerwork from source Classical Latin sarcire, to patch