Definition of exorcise
1 a : to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration b : to get rid of (something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive)
2 : to free of an evil spirit
Examples of exorcise in a sentence
The movie is about a priest who tries to exorcise demons from a young girl.
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Variants of exorcise
Origin and Etymology of exorcise
Middle English, from Anglo-French exorciscer, from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein, from ex- + horkizein to bind by oath, adjure, from horkos oath
First Known Use: 1539
EXORCISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exorcise for English Language Learners
: to force (an evil spirit) to leave
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