Definition of sortilege in English:

sortilege

noun

historical
  • [mass noun] 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/