Exorcise Ex"or*cise ([e^]ks"[o^]r*s[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exorcised} (-s[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Exorcising} (-s[imac]`z[i^]ng).] [L. exorcizare, Gr. 'exorki`zein; 'ex out + "orki`zein to make one swear, bind by an oath, fr. "o`rkos oath: cf. F. exorciser.] 1. To cast out, as a devil, evil spirits, etc., by conjuration or summoning by a holy name, or by certain ceremonies; to expel (a demon) or to conjure (a demon) to depart out of a person possessed by one. [1913 Webster]

He impudently excorciseth devils in the church. --Prynne. [1913 Webster]

2. To deliver or purify from the influence of an evil spirit or demon. [1913 Webster]

Exorcise the beds and cross the walls. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Mr. Spectator . . . do all you can to exorcise crowds who are . . . processed as I am. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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