exorcise

verb ex·or·cise \ ˈek-ˌsȯr-ˌsīz , -sər- \
variants: or less commonly exorcize
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of exorcise

exorcised also exorcized; exorcising also exorcizing
transitive verb
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

exorciser

noun

Examples of exorcise in a Sentence

  1. The movie is about a priest who tries to exorcise demons from a young girl.

  2. please exorcise that offensive word from your vocabulary

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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


EXORCISE Defined for English Language Learners

exorcise

verb

Definition of exorcise for English Language Learners

  • : to force (an evil spirit) to leave



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