from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or practice of foretelling the future by drawing lots.
- n. Sorcery; witchcraft.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Witchcraft, magic, especially as a means of making decisions or predictions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or practice of drawing lots; divination by drawing lots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act, practice, or art of drawing lots; interpretation, divination, or decision by lot; hence, loosely, sorcery; magic.
The same would seem to apply to the law concerning duels, save that it approaches nearer to the common kind of sortilege, since no miraculous effect is expected thereupon, unless the combatants be very unequal in strength or skill.
She might have tossed up, having coins in her pocket, _heads or tails_? but this kind of sortilege was then coming to be thought irreligious in Christendom, as a Jewish and a
I discovered this art that is his and his alone, to return tirelessly to the same stations of a life whose magic spells he interminably examines, in order to break the sortilege.
My father, more of a fantasist, described their meeting as a sortilege.
Havana Salsa tells the history of Havana, my Havana, through the sortilege of its food and the mirror of my family.
As early as the first edition of Lyrical Ballads, as I have suggested, Wordsworth offers examples of intersecting narrative sortilege in "We are Seven" and "Anecdote for Fathers."
I am also known as Tajekafen ben-Arubar, Associate of the Faith Necromantic, Anointed Assistant Alchemical, Odosa -- officially designated ordained sortilege affiliate.
Ginny interrupted a few times and spoke directly -- for instance, when a sortilege revealed that Val should toss away the piece of meteor.
I want to see some serious sortilege, not listen to a concert!
Then he had recourse to sortilege, and cast lots to decide the matter.