CEOs may not get too exorcised about a falling stock price or declining market share.
Though it was exorcised and is now caged, it apparently still moves about and growls at visitors.
But it seemed to have exorcised many of the demons haunting the lithe and fair actress.
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.