Sortilege meaning

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The act or practice of foretelling the future by drawing lots.
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Sorcery; witchcraft.
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Divination or prophecy by casting lots.
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Sorcery; black magic.
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Witchcraft, magic, especially as a means of making decisions or predictions.
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Origin of sortilege

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin sortilegium from sortilegus diviner Latin sors sort- lot ser-2 in Indo-European roots Latin legere to read leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French sortilège, from mediæval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus (“sorcerer, diviner"), from sors (“sort") + legere (“choose")

    From Wiktionary