Definition of exorcise
1a : to expel (an evil spirit) by adjurationb : 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.
please exorcise that offensive word from your vocabulary
Recent Examples of exorcise from the Web
After back-to-back years of futility against Staples, Glastonbury exorcised its greatest demon to claim the school's first Class L championship since 1992.
Unlike most of her male counterparts, its heroine is not trying to exorcise inner demons or work out messiah issues.
Sloan and Don are back to exorcising their demons about Charlie to Will.
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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
First Known Use: 1539See Words from the same year
EXORCISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exorcise for English Language Learners
: to force (an evil spirit) to leave
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