- 1Drive out or attempt to drive out (a supposed evil spirit) from a person or place: an attempt to exorcise an unquiet spiritMore example sentences
- Some scholars believe that the Chinese Lunar New Year originated from a ritual ceremony originally intended to exorcize the evil spirits.
- Ivan then began performing miracles - he exorcised evil spirits, and healed illnesses and infirmities, at least according to historical sources left from that time.
- He should repent and exorcise the institutional bias of his department.
- 1.1Rid (a person or place) of a supposed evil spirit: infants were exorcised prior to baptismMore example sentences
- The monk and nuns accused of killing her said they had been exorcising her of evil spirits.
- If somebody was brought to me who needed to be exorcised, provided that the person was willing, I would do all I could to help.
- The other religious people heard of the demon in the church and warned him to exorcize me from the place.
- 1.2Completely remove (something unpleasant) from one’s mind or memory: she wanted to exorcise some of the painMore example sentences
- His win in California this year exorcised the memory of a famous flop in the same event two years ago.
- Some warmth was gleaned from a midweek cup win over Kaiserslautern on penalties, but that alone will not exorcise the memory of last weekend's 5-1 cuffing by Schalke.
- This afternoon, in an altogether less meaningful league fixture between the sides, Lennon returns to the Gorgie ground determined to exorcise the memory of that demoralising day.
late Middle English: from French exorciser or ecclesiastical Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein, from ex- 'out' + horkos 'oath'. The word originally meant 'conjure up an evil spirit'; the current sense dates from the mid 16th century.