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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Exorcise  \Ex"or*cise\  ([e^]ks"[o^]r*s[imac]z),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p. 
  p.  {Exorcised}  (-s[imac]zd);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Exorcising} 
  (-s[imac]`z[i^]ng).]  [L.  exorcizare  Gr  'exorki`zein;  'ex 
  out  +  "orki`zein  to  make  one  swear,  bind  by  an  oath,  fr 
  "o`rkos  oath:  cf  F.  exorciser.] 
  1.  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 
 
  He  impudently  excorciseth  devils  in  the  church. 
  --Prynne. 
 
  2.  To  deliver  or  purify  from  the  influence  of  an  evil  spirit 
  or  demon. 
 
  Exorcise  the  beds  and  cross  the  walls.  --Dryden. 
 
  Mr  Spectator  .  .  .  do  all  you  can  to  exorcise 
  crowds  who  are  .  .  .  processed  as  I  am  --Spectator. 




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