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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 scrying

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 scrying

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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Encyclopedia Article for scrying

crystal gazing

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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