exorcizes, exorcizing, exorcized
(in BRIT, also use exorcise)
1) VERB If you exorcize a painful or unhappy memory, you succeed in removing it from your mind.

[V n] He confronted his childhood trauma and tried to exorcise the pain...

[V n] The birth of my second daughter has finally exorcised these feelings of guilt.

2) VERB To exorcize an evil spirit or to exorcize a place or person means to force the spirit to leave the place or person by means of prayers and religious ceremonies.

[V n] They came to our house and exorcised me...

[V n] Last year, a 15-year-old girl, alleged to be possessed by the devil, was exorcised live on TV.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • exorcize — (Amer.) ex·or·cize || eksÉ”rsaɪz /eksɔːs v. expel an evil spirit, cast out a demon (also exorcise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • exorcize — meaning ‘to expel (an evil spirit or influence)’ is preferably spelt ize, although ise is common …   Modern English usage

  • exorcize — (also exorcise) ► VERB ▪ drive out (a supposed evil spirit) from a person or place. DERIVATIVES exorcism noun exorcist noun. ORIGIN Greek exorkizein, from horkos oath …   English terms dictionary

  • exorcize — UK [ˈeksɔː(r)saɪz] / US [ˈeksɔrˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms exorcize : present tense I/you/we/they exorcize he/she/it exorcizes present participle exorcizing past tense exorcized past participle exorcized 1) to get rid of an evil spirit… …   English dictionary

  • exorcize — verb Exorcize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑demon, ↑ghost, ↑spectre, ↑spirit …   Collocations dictionary

  • exorcize — also ise BrE verb (T) to force evil spirits to leave a place or someone s body by using special words and ceremonies: prayers to exorcize ghosts …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • exorcize — transitive verb see exorcise …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exorcize — verb a) To drive out a supposed evil spirits from a person, place or thing, especially by an incantation or prayer b) To rid a person, place or thing of an evil spirit …   Wiktionary

  • exorcize — ex|or|cize also exorcise BrE [ˈekso:saız US o:r ] v [T] 1.) to force evil ↑spirits to leave a place by using special words and ceremonies 2.) to make yourself forget a bad memory or experience ▪ trying to exorcise the past …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • exorcize — or exorcise ɛksɔ:sʌɪz verb 1》 drive out (a supposed evil spirit) from a person or place. 2》 completely remove (something unpleasant) from the mind. Derivatives exorcism noun exorcist noun Origin ME (in sense conjure up an evil spirit ): from Fr.… …   English new terms dictionary

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