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sor·ti·lege

 (sôr′tl-ĭj)
n.
1. The act or practice of foretelling the future by drawing lots.
2. Sorcery; witchcraft.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from sortilegus, diviner : Latin sors, sort-, lot; see ser- in Indo-European roots + Latin legere, to read; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

sortilege

(ˈsɔːtɪlɪdʒ)
n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) the act or practice of divination by drawing lots
2. (Alternative Belief Systems) magic or sorcery
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus a soothsayer, from sors fate + legere to select]

sor•ti•lege

(ˈsɔr tl ɪdʒ)

n.
1. divination by the drawing of lots.
2. sorcery; magic.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin sortilegium, for Latin sortilegus=sort- (s. of sors) lot, chance + legere to choose]

sortilege

a form of divination involving drawing lots.
See also: Divination, Magic

sortilege

A form of divination by the casting or drawing of lots. There are many different types including astragalomancy, belomancy, bibliomancy, pessomancy, rhapsodomancy and stichomancy. It is also called cleromancy.
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sortilege

noun
The use of supernatural powers to influence or predict events:
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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; whereby she hath maddened the blood, and besotted the brain, not of a churl, but of a Knight not of a secular Knight, but of one devoted to the service of the Holy Temple not of a Knight Companion, but of a Preceptor of our Order, first in honour as in place.
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Kuwabong stipulates that the plays Shango de Irma by Pepe Carril, Sortilege II: Zumbi Returns by Abdias do Nascimento and Couvade: A Dream Play of Guyana by Michael Gilkes point out to "tropes and figures and present them on stage in order to construct tentative cohesion of collective consciousness" (2014:103).
en su Traite sur la magie, le sortilege, les possessions, obsessions et malefices (79), dice: "Hay marcas evidentes para juzgar y convencerse, tales como son: la comprension de lenguas desconocidas--Onofroff se deja guiar asi se piense en malayo o en vascuence--la elevacion durable sin ningun punto de apoyo, la revelacion de cosas ocultas, dejadas o ignoradas, etc.
A blend of three-year-old Canadian rye whisky and topnotch "Canada 1 Extra Clear" maple syrup, Sortilege is aged in hand-selected white oak barrels for a minimum of three years.
Says Henderson, "The proof of a whiskey combined with an all-natural, high-quality maple syrup makes Sortilege an extremely versatile base and modifying spirit.
Les gavroches croassaient a pleine voix, puis couraient toucher du fer pour s'immuniser contre le sortilege des calotins.
Contrasting fortunes Andrea Atzeni, who secured his first Group 1 success this year when winning the Premio Lydia Tesio in Italy on Sortilege in October, had a mixed meeting with a winner and a ban.
Godolphin's daughter of King's Best has been limited to two starts in 2012, running second to Izzi Top in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York in May, and then off games before a Group 1 fourth to Sortilege in Rome 13 days ago.
Autrement dit, si le lyrisme et la grace de la voix font penser au sortilege, a l'envoutement, aux fantomes, la gentillesse appuyee nous ramene a l'ambiguite fondamentale de la figure de l'Enfant dans le genre (2) (ce que suggere d'emblee le titre The innocents).
He was a playwright and dramatist, said one who had read and seen Sortilege.