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[skrahy] /skraɪ/
verb (used without object), scried, scrying.
to use divination to discover hidden knowledge or future events, especially by means of a crystal ball.
Origin of scry
aphetic shortening of descry
Related forms
scryer, noun Unabridged
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  • The foregoing short treatise will gain some practical value by a statement of the conditions most suitable for scrying.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • The antiquity and world-wide diffusion of scrying, in one form or other, interests the student of human nature.

  • As to ‘scrying’ the doctor thought it could be done in ‘mesmerised water,’ water bewitched.

British Dictionary definitions for scrying


verb scries, scrying, scried
(intransitive) to divine, esp by crystal gazing
Word Origin
C16: from descry
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Word Origin and History for scrying



"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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