Definition of sortilege in English:

sortilege

noun

mass nounhistorical
  • The practice of foretelling the future from a card or other item drawn at random from a collection.

    • ‘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.’
    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, witchery
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin sortilegium ‘sorcery’, from Latin sortilegus ‘sorcerer’, from Latin sors, sort- ‘lot, chance’ + legere ‘choose’.

Pronunciation

sortilege

/ˈsɔːtɪlɪdʒ/