the drawing of lots for divination; divination by lot.
sorcery; magic.

Nearby words

  1. sorta,
  2. sortal,
  3. sortation,
  4. sorted,
  5. sortie,
  6. sorting,
  7. sorting tracks,
  8. sorting yard,
  9. sortition,
  10. sorus

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sortilege



the act or practice of divination by drawing lots
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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