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sortilege

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noun sor·ti·lege \ˈsȯr-tə-lij, -ˌlej\

Definition of sortilege

  1. 1 :  divination by lots

  2. 2 :  sorcery



Origin of sortilege

Middle English, from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus foretelling, from sort-, sors lot + -i- + legere to gather — more at legend


First Known Use: 14th century


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