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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.
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Origin of scry

aphetic shortening of descry
Related formsscry·er, noun
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Historical Examples

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

    Cock Lane and Common-Sense

    Andrew Lang

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for scrying


verb scries, scrying or scried
  1. (intr) to divine, esp by crystal gazing
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Word Origin

C16: from descry
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Word Origin and History for scrying



"to see images in a crystal, water, etc., which reveal the past or forebode the future," 1520s, a shortening of descry (v.1). Related: Scried; scrying; scryer.

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