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sortilege (SOR-tl-ij) noun
1. Divination by drawing lots.
2. Sorcery; magic.
[From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sortilegium, from Latin sortilegus, from sort-, from sors (lot) + legere (to read or gather).]
"A 43-year-old citizen of Ghana was sentenced to one-month imprisonment by the Bandar Magistrate's Court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to using sortilege to deceive an owner of an Arabic food restaurant in Kiulap." 'Witch-Doctor' Jailed For Deceiving Restaurant Owner; The Borneo Bulletin (Brunei); Jun 30, 2005.
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