exorcise
also exorcize transitive verb (-cised; also -cized; -cising; also -cizing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French exorciscer, from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein, from ex- + horkizein to bind by oath, adjure, from horkos oath Date: 1539 1. a. to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration b. to get rid of (something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive) 2. to free of an evil spirit • exorciser noun

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exorcisé — exorcisé, ée (è gzor si zé, zée) part. passé. Un démoniaque exorcisé par le prêtre …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • exorcise — (v.) c.1400, to invoke spirits, from O.Fr. exorciser (14c.), from L.L. exorcizare, from Gk. exorkizein banish an evil spirit; bind by oath (see EXORCISM (Cf. exorcism)). Sense of calling up evil spirits to drive them out became dominant 16c. A… …   Etymology dictionary

  • exorcise — (Brit.) v. expel an evil spirit, cast out a demon (also exorcize) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • exorcise — [v] free from evil spirits cast out, dismiss, drive out, expel, purge, purify, remove; concept 179 …   New thesaurus

  • exorcisé — Exorcisé, [exorcis]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • exorcise — or exorcize [eks′ôr sīz΄] vt. exorcised or exorcized, exorcising or exorcizing [ME exorcisen < LL(Ec) exorcizare < Gr exorkizein, to swear a person (in N.T., to banish an evil spirit) < ex , out + horkizein, to make one swear < horkos …   English World dictionary

  • exorcise — v. (D; tr.) to exorcise from * * * [ eksɔːsaɪz] (D; tr.) to exorcise from …   Combinatory dictionary

  • exorcise — ex|or|cise [ eksɔr,saız ] 1. ) to get rid of an evil spirit using something such as a ceremony or prayer: A spring festival was held to exorcise all the evil spirits of winter. 2. ) to do something that helps you to stop thinking about a bad… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • exorcise — UK [ˈeksɔː(r)saɪz] / US [ˈeksɔrˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms exorcise : present tense I/you/we/they exorcise he/she/it exorcises present participle exorcising past tense exorcised past participle exorcised exorcize …   English dictionary

  • exorcise — verb expel through adjuration or prayers (Freq. 1) exorcise evil spirits • Syn: ↑exorcize • Derivationally related forms: ↑exorcism (for: ↑exorcize), ↑exorciser …   Useful english dictionary

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