- 1exorcise something (from somebody/something) to make an evil spirit leave a place or somebody’s body by special prayers or magic The ghost was exorcised from the house.
- 2exorcise something (from something) (formal) to remove something that is bad or painful from your mind She had managed to exorcise these unhappy memories from her mind. Word Origin late Middle English: from French exorciser or ecclesiastical Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein, from ex-
BrE BrE//ˈeksɔːsaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɔːrsaɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exorcise
BrE BrE//ˈeksɔːsaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɔːrsaɪz//he / she / it exorcises
BrE BrE//ˈeksɔːsaɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɔːrsaɪzɪz//past simple exorcised
BrE BrE//ˈeksɔːsaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɔːrsaɪzd//past participle exorcised
BrE BrE//ˈeksɔːsaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɔːrsaɪzd//-ing form exorcising
BrE BrE//ˈeksɔːsaɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɔːrsaɪzɪŋ//