Definition of sortilege in English:


Syllabification: sor·ti·lege
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrdlij


chiefly historical
The practice of foretelling the future from a card or other item drawn at random from a collection.
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  • 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 sors, sort- 'lot, chance' + legere 'choose'.

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