- the drawing of lots for divination; divination by lot.
- sorcery; magic.
Origin of sortilege
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He had recourse to every superstition of sortilege, clairvoyance, presentiment, and dreams.Lost
And strangely enough it resembled the state of mind of a man who fears disenchantment more than sortilege.Within the Tides
From various sources of information we know that the Druids had recourse to sortilege by fire.The Mysteries of All Nations
I do not know where this form of sortilege originated; it is probably as old as Luther's Bible.The Graysons
"'Tis witchcraft and sortilege, maleficium et sortilegium," said the abbat.A Legend of Reading Abbey
- the act or practice of divination by drawing lots
- magic or sorcery
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus a soothsayer, from sors fate + legere to select
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