In the God-fearing, heavily Baptist town of West Memphis, devil worshiping became a scourge to exorcise.
Does it merely take a united family leveling threats all at once to exorcise some of the demonic powers of addiction?
He's certainly done a lot to exorcise the whole Reagan era, and this is him at his best.
It is all very well to exorcise a ghost by sheer strength of will, but one has also to eliminate the idea that gave it existence.
The demon replied, "It is not customary to exorcise in that tongue."
He passed a hand over his shiny bald head as if to stimulate thought and exorcise bewilderment.
A man riding on the mare entered the Church with a friend, to exorcise the Spirit.
Also I think you came out to exorcise the same by name, for I heard it in the Latin.
As drivers will, she tried to exorcise the creeping fear by singing.
He went to see her, taking with him a priest, who began to exorcise her, bidding her avaunt if she were of the Evil One.
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 exorcism).
Sense of "calling up evil spirits to drive them out" became dominant 16c. A rare case where -ise trumps -ize on both sides of the Atlantic, perhaps by influence of exercise. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.