Exorcize



[ek-sawr-sahyz, -ser-] /ˈɛk sɔrˌsaɪz, -sər-/

verb (used with object), exorcised, exorcising.
1.
to seek to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration or religious or solemn ceremonies:
to exorcise a demon.
2.
to free (a person, place, etc.) of evil spirits or malignant influences.
/ˈɛksɔːˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to expel or attempt to expel (one or more evil spirits) from (a person or place believed to be possessed or haunted), by prayers, adjurations, and religious rites
v.

c.1400, “to invoke spirits,” from Old French exorciser (14c.), from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein “banish an evil spirit; bind by oath” (see exorcism).

Sense of “calling up evil spirits to drive them out” became dominant 16c. A rare case where -ise trumps -ize on both sides of the Atlantic, perhaps by influence of exercise. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.

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