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exorcise evil spirits
  to expel or drive away something bad — especially an evil spirit driven from a person or place or thing by prayer or magic
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  • exorcise evil spirits
  • She has exorcised many of the demons of her tumultuous upbringing.
  • The demon which possessed him was exorcised at last, and with the completion of the work, for which all his life had been a painful preparation, rest descended on his remote and tortured soul.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • Her dreams of the past night, being such cheerful ones, had exorcised the gloom,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  House Of Seven Gables

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  • Those words recalled me to myself, exorcised the evil spirit by the mere enchanting power of the voice.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • Here was an opportunity for making himself face it, as he felt that he ought to; for, by this time, no doubt, it was only a sentimental ghost, better exorcised by ruthless exposure to such an eye as Mary’s, than allowed to underlie all his actions and thoughts as had been the case ever since he first saw Katharine Hilbery pouring out tea.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Night and Day
  • If Saul could have had you for his David, the evil spirit would have been exorcised without the aid of the harp.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It is intended as an exorcism and a dressing for battle.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • All that devil and exorcism stuff.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • Exorcise the ghosts.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • Mae laughed to herself, thinking of exorcizing that fat idiot from her life.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • At some point in the night, Miss Wren’s gentle massage had turned into something resembling an interspecies pro-wrestling match crossed with an exorcism.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He was quoting lines from the exorcism scene in Daeonica.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Ambalangoda was the centre for devil dances and exorcism rites, but this charmed group was part of another lost world.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • In a span of forty-eight hours, I had been exorcised from Yamacraw Island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • My stomach stirred with queasy sickishness; though a man of nonviolence, I was nearly overwhelmed by the impulse to rush upstairs, where, accompanied by the Water Music’s sprightly bourree, I would somehow exorcise the golem by battering its brains out with a chair.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He made the sign of the Cross over me, in farewell or possibly as an exorcism of filth, and left in a swirl of brown skirts.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • ON SOME LEVEL, Anderson saw coaching as a way to exorcise the regrets he felt over having quit his high school soccer team.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He wouldn’t have wasted time fainting, just gotten busy arranging the exorcism.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • And I had heard that Ultima could lift the curses laid by brujas, that she could exorcise the evil the witches planted in people to make them sick.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • He fumbled for his pitch-pipe, and arose with a confused intention of attempting a musical exorcism.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • That night, Alex had an exorcism of sorts.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • If Saul could have had you for his David, the evil spirit would have been exorcised without the aid of the harp.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I will go and fetch a priest this minute to exorcise him.’
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • They demanded she exorcise the demon in her daughter.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Thou, like an exorcist, hast conjured up My mortified spirit.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • While trying to make sense of the history of cell culture and the complicated ethical debate surrounding the use of human tissues in research, I’d be accused of conspiracy and slammed into a wall both physically and metaphorically, and I’d eventually find myself on the receiving end of something that looked a lot like an exorcism.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • She would have been exorcised to cast out the evil spirit, and if after many trials that did not work, she would have been burned as a witch for the good of the community.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The demon was exorcised.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Christians still practiced the supernatural craft of exorcism—an early practice of their faith that required the ability not only to cast out demons but to summon them.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • It seemed that in their bitterness towards those unfortunate little ones, they were somehow exorcizing their own fearful background.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Or it may represent a breach of the truth (in a more traditional philosophical tradition) or a confrontation with terrors she has denied and can only exorcise by facing them.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Her dreams of the past night, being such cheerful ones, had exorcised the gloom, and now haunted the chamber in its stead.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And she felt that beside the love that bound them together there had grown up between them some evil spirit of strife, which she could not exorcise from his, and still less from her own heart.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • In Babylonia the soul of a dead man was exorcized with the incantation: ’Let him go to the setting sun, let him be entrusted to Nedu, the chief gatekeeper of the underworld, that Nedu may keep strong watch over him, may his key close the lock.’
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • They were loaded onto a ship while their white neighbors looked on, people who had risen early to stand in the cold and watch this exorcising of the Japanese from their midst—friends, some of them, but the merely curious, mainly, and fishermen who stood on the decks of their boats out in Amity Harbor.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • You don’t have to see Satan when he is exorcised.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • An exorcism would have been in order.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • We washed the courtyard; we exorcised the house with smoke and red paper.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • He called up all the resources of heathenism to aid,—exorcism and witch-craft, the mysterious Obi worship with its barbarious rites, spells, and blood-sacrifice even, now and then, of human victims.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • And eventually, perhaps, exorcize the memories that haunted them.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • She had learned, in her long vigils, that there were certain things not good to think of, certain midnight images that must at any cost be exorcised—and one of these was the image of herself as Rosedale’s wife.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • "I know things about people that would make your head spin around like you’re in dire need of an exorcism," she said, "but if it’s said in confidence, I keep it that way."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Monseigneur the archbishop interested himself in the child of Egypt, exorcised it, blessed it, removed the devil carefully from its body, and sent it to Paris, to be exposed on the wooden bed at NotreDame, as a foundling.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • No angel or archangel in heaven, no saint, not even the Blessed Virgin herself, has the power of a priest of God: the power of the keys, the power to bind and to loose from sin, the power of exorcism, the power to cast out from the creatures of God the evil spirits that have power over them; the power, the authority, to make the great God of Heaven come down upon the altar and take the form of bread and wine.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • As willing to feel pain as to give pain, to feel pleasure as to give pleasure, hers was an experimental life—ever since her mother’s remarks sent her flying up those stairs, ever since her one major feeling of responsibility had been exorcised on the bank of a river with a closed place in the middle.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • It was the final act in a bitter exorcism through which she was attempting to come to terms with her new situation.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The outer sanctuary echoed to grunts and the scraping of So!’s heels and to at least one loud gasp as Sol’s foot made contact with the least priestly parts of the lead exorcist.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • …to give me any cause for alarm you wouldnt have felt driven to the expedient of tellingme you had committed incest otherwise and i i wasnt lying i wasnt lying and he you wanted to sublimate a piece of natural human folly into ahorror and then exorcise it with truth and i it was to isolate her out of the loud world so that it wouldhave to flee us ofnecessity and then the sound of it would be as though ithad never been and he did you tryto make her do it andi i wasafraid to i was afraid…
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
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