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From Old French sortilège, from mediæval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus ‘sorcerer, diviner’, from sors ‘sort’ + legere ‘choose’.


  • /ˈsɔ:tɪlɪʤ/


  1. Witchcraft, magic, especially as a means of making decisions or predictions.
    • 1819: 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 — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
    • 2001: ‘Too much evil sortilege,’ Glad always says when someone suggests he open a franchise over Cheat Ridge. — JT Leroy, Sarah


Extensive Definition

Sortilege has several meanings:
sortilege in French: Sortilège
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