- divination or prophecy by casting lots
- sorcery; black magic
Origin of sortilegeMiddle English from Medieval Latin sortilegium from Late Latin sortilegus, fortuneteller from Classical Latin sors, lot (see sort) + legere, to read: see logic
- The act or practice of foretelling the future by drawing lots.
- Sorcery; witchcraft.
Origin of sortilegeMiddle English from Old French from Medieval Latin sortilegium from sortilegus diviner Latin sors sort- lot ; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.Latin legere to read ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French sortilÃ¨ge, from mediÃ¦val Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus (“sorcerer, diviner"), from sors (“sort") + legere (“choose")