noun[mass noun] chiefly historical
The practice of foretelling the future from a card or other item drawn at random from a collection.
More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin sortilegium 'sorcery', from Latin sortilegus 'sorcerer', from Latin sors, sort- 'lot, chance' + legere 'choose'.
Definition of sortilege in:
- The US English dictionary