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English definition of “exorcise”

exorcise

verb [T] (US also exorcize)     /ˈek.sɔː.saɪz/ US  /-sɔːr-/
to force an evil spirit to leave a person or place by using prayers or magic: After the priest exorcised the spirit/house/child, apparently, the strange noises stopped.The supernatural - general words to remove the bad effects of a frightening or upsetting event: It will take a long time to exorcise the memory of the accident.Forgetting and forgetfulness exorcism     /-sɪ.zəm/ noun [C or U] The supernatural - general words
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