Sortilege

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sortilege The act or practice of drawing lots; divination by drawing lots. "A woman infamous for sortileges and witcheries."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sortilege The act, practice, or art of drawing lots; interpretation, divination, or decision by lot; hence, loosely, sorcery; magic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sortilege the act or practice of divination by drawing lots
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sortilège, fr. L. sors, sortis, a lot + legere, to gather, to select
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sorte—L. sors, sortis, a lot—serĕre, to join.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps that was the secret of her sortilege.
"The Shadow-Line" by Joseph Conrad
And strangely enough it resembled the state of mind of a man who fears disenchantment more than sortilege.
"Within the Tides Tales" by Joseph Conrad
Also there was a great sortilege-making.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
From various sources of information we know that the Druids had recourse to sortilege by fire.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
He had recourse to every superstition of sortilege, clairvoyance, presentiment, and dreams.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
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