Exorcise Definition

ĕksôr-sīz, -sər-
exorcised, exorcises, exorcising, exorcized, exorcizing
exorcised, exorcises, exorcising, exorcized, exorcizing
To drive (an evil spirit or spirits) out or away by ritual prayers, incantations, etc.
Webster's New World
To adjure (such a spirit or spirits)
Webster's New World
To eliminate or suppress (a malign influence or negative feeling, for example).
American Heritage
To free from such a spirit or spirits.
Webster's New World

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

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