[ skrahy ]

verb (used without object),scried, scry·ing.
  1. to use divination to discover hidden knowledge or future events, especially by means of a crystal ball.

Origin of scry

First recorded in 1520–30; shortening of descry

Other words from scry

  • scryer, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scry in a sentence

  • But it may be a cruel, and is a most injudicious thing, to set children a-scrying.

  • The antiquity and world-wide diffusion of scrying, in one form or other, interests the student of human nature.

  • As to ‘scrying’ the doctor thought it could be done in ‘mesmerised water,’ water bewitched.

  • The foregoing short treatise will gain some practical value by a statement of the conditions most suitable for scrying.

    Second Sight | Sepharial

British Dictionary definitions for scry


/ (skraɪ) /

verbscries, scrying or scried
  1. (intr) to divine, esp by crystal gazing

Origin of scry

C16: from descry

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012