What does the word exorcise mean?

Usage examples for exorcise

  1. I will go and fetch a priest this minute to exorcise him. – Candide by Voltaire Commentator: Philip Littell
  2. He saw the family quarrel as something inevitable, touching, absurd- the work of a maleficent destiny which he might somehow undo and exorcise by the magic act of washing- up, to be followed by other acts of a more diplomatic and ingenious nature. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett