PRONUNCIATION: EK-sor/suhr-syz)

MEANING: verb tr.:
1. To drive out something or someone undesirable, such as an evil spirit, malign influence, troubling feeling, etc.
2. To free a person or place of an evil spirit.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French exorciser, from Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein (to swear a person), from ex- (out) + horkizein (to make one swear), from horkos (oath). Earliest documented use: 1546.

EXHORCISE - to issue a command

EXO-CISE - to peel away the outer covering

EXPORCISE - to decree that bacon no longer comes from a pig