Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To expel (an evil spirit), as by incantation, command, or prayer.
  • transitive verb To eliminate or suppress (a malign influence or negative feeling, for example).
  • transitive verb To free from or rid of an evil spirit, malign influence, or other harmful factor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To expel by conjurations and religious or magical ceremonies; drive out by religious or magical agencies: as, to exorcise evil spirits.
  • To purify from unclean spirits by adjurations and religious or magical ceremonies; deliver from the influence of malignant spirits or demons: as, to exorcise a house.
  • To call up or forth, as a spirit; conjure up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb To deliver or purify from the influence of an evil spirit or demon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To drive out an evil spirit from a person, place or thing, especially by an incantation or prayer
  • verb To rid a person, place or thing of an evil spirit

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb expel through adjuration or prayers

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French exorciser, from Late Latin exorcizare, from Ancient Greek ἐξορκίζειν (exorkizein, "banish an evil spirit; bind by oath").

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  • The free association is obvious here...I wish my mind would have been a little more creative...but there you have it. See Skipvia's Free Association List

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