Definition of exorcise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also -ize) verb
    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//
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Word Originlate 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 cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exorcise