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

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Eleven appears to be able to exorcise, or at least temporarily deactivate, the Mind Flayer from Billy (Dacre Montgomery) by reminding him of his childhood memories as a young surfer with his mom. Time, "Let's Discuss the 10 Big Questions We Have After Binging Stranger Things Season 3," 4 July 2019 Tuesday was a time to exorcise wretched memories made across his otherwise magnificent career. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander shines as Astros shut out Indians," 30 July 2019 Then came Game 7, when Kawhi Leonard exorcised 20 years worth of playoff ghosts. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "With Klay Thompson Sidelined, The Raptors Had All the Answers in Game 3 of NBA Finals," 6 June 2019 The Lions had to exorcise one ugly September football game by claiming another. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Detroit Lions saved a game on Sunday — and maybe a season," 16 Sep. 2019 Needing a boost to exorcise the bad taste of their rough game three, St. Louis took an immediate lead 43 seconds into the game. Matt Vautour | Mvautour@masslive.com, oregonlive, "Stanley Cup Final 2019: St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 to even series," 3 June 2019 Zach is plagued by hallucinatory nightmares, desperate to exorcise his guilt about the coverup, and increasingly paranoid about what’s really going on inside his best friend’s head. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Super Dark Times, the Best Thriller You Missed in 2017, Is Finally On Netflix," 7 Jan. 2018 This is the kind of awful that suggests Luke P., like Juan Pablo before him, will be exorcised from Bachelor Nation, never to appear on Paradise or from the lips of Chris Harrison after this season. Marie Claire, "Reactions to That Luke P. Moment on 'The Bachelorette' Are Apocalyptic," 16 July 2019 The Bruins’ 1-0 lead subdued a St. Louis crowd yearning for the Cup and yearning to exorcise 50-plus years of demons. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Bruins’ first line was first-rate, and they need more of that in Game 7," 10 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of exorcise

: to force (an evil spirit) to leave

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