sortilege

[sawr-tl-ij]
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Origin of sortilege

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin sortilegium, for Latin sortilegus, equivalent to sort- (stem of sors) lot, chance + -i- -i- + -legus (derivative of legere to read, count, choose out); see -ium
Related formssor·ti·leg·ic [sawr-tl-ej-ik] /ˌsɔr tlˈɛdʒ ɪk/, sor·ti·le·gious [sawr-tl-ee-juh s] /ˌsɔr tlˈi dʒəs/, adjective
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Related Words for sortilege

augury, enchantment, witchcraft, witchery

Examples from the Web for sortilege

Historical Examples of sortilege

  • He had recourse to every superstition of sortilege, clairvoyance, presentiment, and dreams.

    Lost

    Edward Bellamy

  • And strangely enough it resembled the state of mind of a man who fears disenchantment more than sortilege.

    Within the Tides

    Joseph Conrad

  • From various sources of information we know that the Druids had recourse to sortilege by fire.

  • I do not know where this form of sortilege originated; it is probably as old as Luther's Bible.

    The Graysons

    Edward Eggleston

  • "'Tis witchcraft and sortilege, maleficium et sortilegium," said the abbat.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey

    Charles MacFarlane


British Dictionary definitions for sortilege

sortilege

noun
  1. the act or practice of divination by drawing lots
  2. magic or sorcery

Word Origin for sortilege

C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus a soothsayer, from sors fate + legere to select
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