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scry

[skrahy] /skraɪ/
verb (used without object), scried, scrying.
1.
to use divination to discover hidden knowledge or future events, especially by means of a crystal ball.
Origin
aphetic shortening of descry
Related forms
scryer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scry

scry

/skraɪ/
verb scries, scrying, scried
1.
(intransitive) to divine, esp by crystal gazing
Word Origin
C16: from descry
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Word Origin and History for scry
v.

"to see images in a crystal, water, etc., which reveal the past or forebode the future," 1520s, a shortening of descry (v.1). Related: Scried; scrying; scryer.

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