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1. The act or practice of foretelling the future by drawing lots.
2. Sorcery; witchcraft.
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)
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]
a form of divination involving drawing lots.See also: Divination, Magic
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.