Simple Definition of necromancy
: the practice of talking to the spirits of dead people
: the use of magic powers especially for evil purposes
Examples of necromancy in a sentence
The town accused her of witchcraft and necromancy.
<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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up necromancy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).