One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The practice of foretelling the future from a card or other item drawn at random from a collection.
sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy, enchantment, spellworking, incantation, the supernatural, occultism, the occult, black magic, the black arts, devilry, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, sympathetic magic, white magic, witching, witcheryView synonyms
- ‘Some descriptions made technology assessment sound like blustery sortilege; others made it out to be a highly systematic and methodical process, with strict rules and procedures, tools and models.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin sortilegium ‘sorcery’, from Latin sortilegus ‘sorcerer’, from Latin sors, sort- ‘lot, chance’ + legere ‘choose’.
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