sortilege

noun
sor·​ti·​lege | \ ˈsȯr-tə-lij How to pronounce sortilege (audio) , -ˌlej \

Definition of sortilege

1 : divination by lots
2 : sorcery

First Known Use of sortilege

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sortilege

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

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“Sortilege.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sortilege. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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