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The demon replied, "It is not customary to exorcise in that tongue."

Some monks of the abbey were requested to come also and exorcise the spirit.

There is nothing like beef and beer to exorcise evil spirits.

They exorcise the Sudhiniyas or the drinkers of human blood.

A man riding on the mare entered the Church with a friend, to exorcise the Spirit.

“Let us exorcise your devil with a pottle of hot ale,” he suggested.

As drivers will, she tried to exorcise the creeping fear by singing.

I have been at times inclined to apply to Felix to see if he could not exorcise him.'

Deep within her memory was buried one fatal image that she could not exorcise.

So he brought a priest with him to exorcise the devil that was in her in case there was one there.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "to invoke spirits," from Old French exorciser (14c.), from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein "banish an evil spirit; bind by oath" (see exorcism).

Sense of "calling up evil spirits to drive them out" became dominant 16c. A rare case where -ise trumps -ize on both sides of the Atlantic, perhaps by influence of exercise. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.

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