Exorcise meaning

ĕk'sôr-sīz', -sər-
To free from or rid of an evil spirit, malign influence, or other harmful factor.
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To drive (an evil spirit or spirits) out or away by ritual prayers, incantations, etc.
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To adjure (such a spirit or spirits)
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To free from such a spirit or spirits.
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To drive out an evil spirit from a person, place or thing, especially by an incantation or prayer.
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To rid a person, place or thing of an evil spirit.
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Origin of exorcise

  • Middle English exorcisen from Late Latin exorcizāre from Greek exorkizein ex- out of exo– horkizein to make one swear (from horkos oath)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French exorciser, from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Ancient Greek ἐξορκίζειν (eksorkizein, “banish an evil spirit; bind by oath”).
    From Wiktionary