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ex·or·cise

 (ĕk′sôr-sīz′, -sər-)
tr.v. ex·or·cised, ex·or·cis·ing, ex·or·cis·es
1.
a. To expel (an evil spirit), as by incantation, command, or prayer.
b. To eliminate or suppress (a malign influence or negative feeling, for example): "the man most Americans now loved to like as they exorcised the defeatist spirit of the 1960s" (Gil Troy).
2. To free from or rid of an evil spirit, malign influence, or other harmful factor: "Kaiser Wilhelm II's puritanical wife ... sent her personal chaplain to exorcise the palace rooms Leopold had been staying in" (Adam Hochschild).

[Middle English exorcisen, from Late Latin exorcizāre, from Greek exorkizein : ex-, out of; see exo- + horkizein, to make one swear (from horkos, oath).]

ex′or·cis′er n.

ex•or•cise

or ex•or•cize

(ˈɛk sɔrˌsaɪz, -sər-)

v.t. -cised, -cis•ing or -cized, -ciz•ing.
1. to seek to expel (an evil spirit) by religious or solemn ceremonies.
2. to free of evil spirits or malignant influences.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin exorcizāre < Greek exorkízein=ex- ex-3 + horkízein to administer an oath]
ex′or•cis`er, n.

exorcise


Past participle: exorcised
Gerund: exorcising

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
I had exorcised
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Future
I will exorcise
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would exorcise
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.exorcise - expel through adjuration or prayersexorcise - expel through adjuration or prayers; "exorcise evil spirits"
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
eject, turf out, boot out, chuck out, exclude, turn out - put out or expel from a place; "The unruly student was excluded from the game"

exorcise

exorcize
verb
1. drive out, expel, cast out, adjure He tried to exorcise the pain of his childhood trauma.
2. purify, free, cleanse They came to our house and exorcized me.
Translations
يَطْرُد الأرواح الشِّرّيرَه
reka út/særa burt illa anda
izdzīt ļaunos garus

exorcise

[ˈeksɔːsaɪz] VT [+ person, evil spirit] → exorcizar

exorcise

exorcize [ˈɛksɔːsaɪz] vtesorcizzare

exorcize,

exorcise

(ˈeksoːsӕiz) verb
to drive away (an evil spirit); to rid (a house etc) of an evil spirit.
ˈexorcism noun
(an) act of exorcizing.
ˈexorcist noun
a person who exorcizes.
References in classic literature ?
All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
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We will exorcise him, in God's name and the king's.
One of the earliest and most signal services he performed, was to exorcise the insatiate kill-crop that hitherto oppressed the party.
And she felt that beside the love that bound them together there had grown up between them some evil spirit of strife, which she could not exorcise from his, and still less from her own heart.
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That starts at home to Harrogate this Saturday, a match we all assume offers them an early opportunity to exorcise the ghost of Worthing.
He tried duping a woman who complained of having evil spirits in her vagina by telling her he could exorcise the spirits using his penis.
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Mr Prichard told the Radio Times: "She was never short of ideas but some were inappropriate for Poirot, so she was very keen to exorcise herself of him by stories with new characters.
Summary: Holland will have their chance to exorcise the ghosts of World Cup finals past on Sunday after beating semi-final opponents Uruguay.