scrying

scry

[skrahy]
verb (used without object), scried, scrying.
to use divination to discover hidden knowledge or future events, especially by means of a crystal ball.

Origin:
aphetic shortening of descry

scryer, noun
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scry (skraɪ)
 
vb , scries, scrying, scried
(intr) to divine, esp by crystal gazing
 
[C16: from descry]

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scrying

divination of distant or future events based on visions seen in a ball of rock crystal. Divination based on an analysis of reflections in water, on polished metal, or on precious stones was practiced by early humans, who probably interpreted these phenomena as a vision of the spirit world. Scrying became widespread by the 5th century AD and was condemned by the medieval Christian church as the work of the devil.

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