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.
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.