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exorcise

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Definition to expel or drive away something bad — especially an evil spirit driven from a person or place or thing by prayer or magic
  • 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
  • Those words recalled me to myself, exorcised the evil spirit by the mere enchanting power of the voice.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • 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
  • 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
  • It is intended as an exorcism and a dressing for battle.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • exorcism = the act of expelling or driving away something bad — especially an evil spirit driven from a person or place or thing by prayer or magic
  • All that devil and exorcism stuff.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • exorcism = the act of expelling or driving away something bad — especially an evil spirit driven from a person or place or thing by prayer or magic
  • Is there no exorcist Beguiles the truer office of mine eyes?
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • 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
  • In a span of forty-eight hours, I had been exorcised from Yamacraw Island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I will go and fetch a priest this minute to exorcise him.'
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • An exorcism would have been in order.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • 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
  • 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
  • A group of babalawos tried a panaldo, an exorcism, and thought they had trapped an evil spirit in the rooster they buried in a knotted cloth.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • 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
  • He wouldn't have wasted time fainting, just gotten busy arranging the exorcism.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • My belief—and of course I was listening carefully, in hope you would make some slip—my belief is that poor McBryde exorcised you.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India

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