ex·​or·​cise | \ ˈek-ˌsȯr-ˌsīz How to pronounce exorcise (audio) , -sər- \
variants: or less commonly exorcize
exorcised also exorcized; exorcising also exorcizing

Definition of exorcise

transitive verb

1a : to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration
b : to get rid of (something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive)
2 : to free of an evil spirit

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Other Words from exorcise

exorciser noun

Examples of exorcise in a Sentence

The movie is about a priest who tries to exorcise demons from a young girl. please exorcise that offensive word from your vocabulary
Recent Examples on the Web Oddly, the winning score almost was forgotten but that, too, came from a player with some 2020 demons to exorcise. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: Has the European Super League come to save club soccer or bury it?," 20 Apr. 2021 O’Grady’s belief nods to the ways the structures of white supremacy are so ingrained in our culture that to exorcise them goes far beyond reckoning with whiteness itself. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, "Them Is Pure Degradation Porn," 14 Apr. 2021 Jones is the reason Alabama was even in this position to exorcise some of its NCAA Tournament demons. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Thrilling season for Alabama basketball left us wanting more," 29 Mar. 2021 The message was clear: The stakes should be high, given that Memphis will want to exorcise the memory of Friday’s dud and Curry will amost definitely be out again. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole lead Warriors to win over Grizzlies," 19 Mar. 2021 New Yorkers came by the thousands to the bomb scene that day to show their defiance and exorcise their fears. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "From Marks to Sharks: The Rise of the Retail Investor," 10 Mar. 2021 Vandoliers have earned a reputation for cathartic, shout-along songs that can all but exorcise demons. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, "The Vandoliers Know You Miss the Rock Show in ‘Every Saturday Night’," 26 Feb. 2021 But Wiseman is only one player, and the Warriors need to iron out a slew of kinks to become a factor in the West and exorcise the memory of last season’s league-worst record. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors show how far they are from contention in blowout loss to Nets," 22 Dec. 2020 Three seasons removed from 0-16, Cleveland can exorcise demons for players and fans. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Steelers vs. Browns live stream (1/3): How to watch NFL Week 17 online, TV, time," 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of exorcise

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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27 Apr 2021

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“Exorcise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exorcise. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exorcise

: to force (an evil spirit) to leave

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