verb (used without object), scried, scry·ing.

to use divination to discover hidden knowledge or future events, especially by means of a crystal ball.

Origin of scry

aphetic shortening of descry
Related formsscry·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scrying

Historical Examples of 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for scrying


verb scries, scrying or scried

(intr) to divine, esp by crystal gazing

Word Origin for scry

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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