Definition of exorcise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeksôrˌsīz/
(also exorcize)


[with object]
1Drive out or attempt to drive out (an evil spirit) from a person or place: an attempt to exorcise an unquiet spirit figurative inflation has been exorcised
More 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.
drive out, cast out, expel
1.1Rid (a person or place) of an evil spirit: infants were exorcised prior to baptism
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  • 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.


Late Middle English: from French exorciser or ecclesiastical Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein, from ex- 'out' + horkos 'oath'. The word originally meant 'conjure up or command an evil spirit'; the specific sense of driving out an evil spirit dates from the mid 16th century.

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Syllabification: ex·or·cise

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