exorcise or ex·or·cize [ek-sawr-sahyz, -ser-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), ex·or·cised, ex·or·cis·ing. to seek to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration or religious or solemn ceremonies: to exorcise a demon. to free (a person, place, etc.) of evil spirits or malignant influences.
Origin of exorcise 1350–1400; Middle English Late Latin exorcizāre Greek exorkízein, equivalent to ex-+ (h)orkízein to cause (someone) to swear an oathRelated formsex·or·cise·ment, nounex·or·cis·er, nounun·ex·or·cised, adjectiveCan be confused exorcise (see synonym study at ) Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for exorcize Contemporary Examples of exorcize
Only then can the right potion be discovered to exorcize the ghost of Romney for good.
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Historical Examples of exorcize
“You may exorcize the devils first,” the Colonel grimly remarked to the priest, wiping the blood off his sleeves.
This is the fifth time to-day that the procession goes its round, that the reliquary is borne on high, to exorcize the calamity.
A fear was upon Setne because of Se-Osiris, who answered not, and then he pronounced words that exorcize the ghosts of the dead.
British Dictionary definitions for exorcize exorcize exorcise verb (tr) to expel or attempt to expel (one or more evil spirits) from (a person or place believed to be possessed or haunted), by prayers, adjurations, and religious rites Derived Formsexorcizer or exorciser, nounexorcism, nounexorcist, nounWord Origin for exorcize C15: from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein, from ex- 1 + horkizein to adjure Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for exorcize exorcise v.
c.1400, “to invoke spirits,” from Old French exorciser (14c.), from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein “banish an evil spirit; bind by oath” (see).
Sense of “calling up evil spirits to drive them out” became dominant 16c. A rare case where -ise trumpson both sides of the Atlantic, perhaps by influence of exercise. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.
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