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necromancy

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noun nec·ro·man·cy \ˈne-krə-ˌman(t)-sē\

Simple Definition of necromancy

  • : the practice of talking to the spirits of dead people

  • : the use of magic powers especially for evil purposes

Full Definition of necromancy

  1. 1 :  conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events

  2. 2 :  magic, sorcery

nec·ro·man·cer play \-sər\ noun
nec·ro·man·tic play \ˌne-krə-ˈman-tik\ adjective
nec·ro·man·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of necromancy

  1. The town accused her of witchcraft and necromancy.

  2. <in the conjuring of the souls of the dead, necromancy seemed to offer human beings a means of exerting some control over an uncertain world>



Origin of necromancy

alteration of Middle English nigromancie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin nigromantia, by folk etymology from Late Latin necromantia, from Late Greek nekromanteia, from Greek nekr- + -manteia -mancy


First Known Use: 15th century


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