exorcise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v exorcise expel through adjuration or prayers "exorcise evil spirits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exorcise 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."
    • Exorcise To deliver or purify from the influence of an evil spirit or demon. "Exorcise the beds and cross the walls.""Mr. Spectator . . . do all you can to exorcise crowds who are . . . processed as I am."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exorcise To expel by conjurations and religious or magical ceremonies; drive out by religious or magical agencies: as, to exorcise evil spirits.
    • exorcise 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.
    • exorcise To call up or forth, as a spirit; conjure up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Exorcise eks′or-sīz or eks-or′- to adjure by some holy name: to call forth or drive away, as a spirit: to deliver from the influence of an evil spirit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exorcizare, Gr. 'exorki`zein; 'ex out + "orki`zein to make one swear, bind by an oath, fr. "o`rkos oath: cf. F. exorciser,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Late L., from Gr. exorkizeinex, out, horkos, an oath.

Usage

In literature:

Unravelling these illusions, and exorcising them, kept Pete Noel occupied.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The demon that troubled their sanctity had been exorcised.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
If it takes a notion to jump out at you, call me and I'll exorcise it for you.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
There is nothing like beef and beer to exorcise evil spirits.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
They used to exorcise rats, locusts, snakes and vermin.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Want me to exorcise 'em for you?
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Kristen went into the stable and began to exorcise.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
Every evil thing that could have interfered had been exorcised and lost its power.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
The Sweating Demon to exorcise Exceeds the skill of the wealthy wise.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 24, 1890" by Various
With Ann's Exorciser, they could enslave the centers of civilization as they had enslaved the frontier.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
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In poetry:

Your one short moan of pain
Was an exorcising spell:
The devil flew back to hell;
We were alone again.
"The Alien" by Aldous Huxley
Wild croquet HOOPER banned,
And all the sports of Mammon,
He warred with cribbage, and
He exorcised backgammon.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
So that a stranger in the land
Wherein I moved, where'er I went,
I dwelt, whom none could understand,
Or exorcise my discontent.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Just whistle a bit, if there 's work to do,
With the mind or in the soil.
And your note will turn out a talisman true
To exorcise grim Toil.
"Just Whistle A Bit" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And so they take the last poor son
Of all that tainted host,
And try to exorcise the taint
There at the whipping-post.
This is the Age of Reason, friends!
It is our proudest boast.
"The Age of Reason" by C J Dennis
With no attachments, like a foetus in a bottle,
The obsolete house, the sea, flattened to a picture
She has one too many dimensions to enter.
Grief and anger, exorcised,
Leave her alone now.
"A Life" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The ex-Dawson exorcises the douchey version of himself—as "James Van Der Beek .".
China's Communists attempt to exorcise a comrade .
Warriors look to exorcise Rustin demons.
Athens-Clarke police arrested a 36-year-old man Wednesday morning after he beat his girlfriend to " exorcise " her of demons that made her cheat on him.
In 2004, the Red Sox won the World Series and finally exorcised nearly a century's worth of demons and bad karma.
West went to Abilene last week and exorcised two years' worth of demons.
Who Dat Saints make the Colts go splat to exorcise the voodoo demons.
Williams exorcising the ghost of García.
SCOTT CITY — It didn't take long, but the Scott City Beavers exorcised all the ghosts of playoffs past.
Against Steelers, Bengals counting on Dalton to exorcise sophomore jinx .
CARPACCIO TRATTORIA opened three months ago at the storied northeast corner of NE MLK and Fremont, and in not-so-hushed tones it was wondered if the bold and flashy launch could exorcise the ghosts of former inhabitants Belly and Terroir.
Jack Nicklaus exorcises Ford-era demons by stumping for Romney.
It is not that easy to exorcise the ghost of the family.
Before they topped the charts by sowing the seeds of love, the guys in Tears for Fears used synths and stomping beats to exorcise emotional demons — and before he became an Oscar-winning composer, so did Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
MIT Hopes to Exorcise ' Phantom ' Traffic Jams.
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In science:

PT-symmetric quantization has exorcised the vicious ghosts thought to inhabit some theories according to more traditional analyses [Mostafazadeh, 2005; Bender, 2007; Bender and Mannheim, 2008], though the resulting theories sometimes have surprising phenomenology.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Indeed, in section V we show that, by adding a standard Einstein-Hilbert term, the transverse traceless ghosts can be exorcised, although then the conformal mode becomes problematic.
The bimetric variational principle for General Relativity
A number of attempts were made to exorcise Maxwell’s demon (see Bennett 1987), such as arguments that the demon cannot gather information without doing work, or without disturbing (and thus heating) the gas, both of which are untrue.
Quantum Computing
This is also natural from the thermodynamical point of view: Maxwell’s demon was exorcised just by including itself into the description .
Compressing compound states
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