necromancy


nec·ro·man·cy

noun \ˈne-krə-ˌman(t)-sē\

: the practice of talking to the spirits of dead people

: the use of magic powers especially for evil purposes

Full Definition of NECROMANCY

1
:  conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events
2
:  magic, sorcery
nec·ro·man·cer \-sər\ noun
nec·ro·man·tic \ˌne-krə-ˈman-tik\ adjective
nec·ro·man·ti·cal·ly \-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: 1522

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

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