exorcise

[ek-sawr-sahyz, -ser-]
verb (used with object), exorcised, exorcising.
1.
to seek to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration or religious or solemn ceremonies: to exorcise a demon.
2.
to free (a person, place, etc.) of evil spirits or malignant influences.
Also, exorcize.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin exorcizāre < Greek exorkízein, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)orkízein to cause (someone) to swear an oath

exorcisement, noun
exorciser, noun
unexorcised, adjective

exercise, exorcise (see synonym study at exercise).
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exorcize or exorcise (ˈɛksɔːˌsaɪz)
 
vb
(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
 
[C15: from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein, from ex-1 + horkizein to adjure]
 
exorcise or exorcise
 
vb
 
[C15: from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein, from ex-1 + horkizein to adjure]
 
'exorcizer or exorcise
 
n
 
'exorciser or exorcise
 
n
 
'exorcism or exorcise
 
n
 
'exorcist or exorcise
 
n

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exorcise
c.1400, "to invoke spirits," from O.Fr. exorciser, from L.L. exorcizare, from Gk. exorkizein "exorcise, bind by oath" (see exorcism). Sense of "calling up evil spirits to drive them out" became diminant 16c. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.
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Example sentences
Otherwise her story serves only to exorcise her own demons and leaves the
  helpless stepchild to fend for herself.
Clever encoding and signal-processing algorithms can exorcise such ghosts.
Together, they set out to exorcise the demonic spirit.
To do them some good they should help them exorcise their fears instead of
  adding to their folly.
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