sortilege

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French sortilège, from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus (sorcerer, diviner), from sors (sort) + legere (choose)

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɔːtɪlɪd͡ʒ/

Noun[edit]

sortilege (plural sortileges)

  1. Witchcraft, magic, especially as a means of making decisions or predictions.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      We have therefore summoned to our presence a Jewish woman, by name Rebecca, daughter of Isaac of York — a woman infamous for sortileges and for witcheries.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, page 115:
      Orthodox believers [] were less happy about using sortilege to coerce God into taking decisions on their behalf.
    • 2001, JT Leroy, Sarah:
      ‘Too much evil sortilege,’ Glad always says when someone suggests he open a franchise over Cheat Ridge.

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