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

  • transitive v. To expel (an evil spirit) by or as if by incantation, command, or prayer.
  • transitive v. To free from evil spirits or malign influences.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. expel through adjuration or prayers


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).

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


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