necromancy

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

Definition of necromancy

1 : conjuration (see conjure 2a) of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events
  • The novel centers on the practice of necromancy and its influence on the world of the living.
2 : magic, sorcery
  • Townspeople accused her of necromancy.

necromancer

play \ˈne-krə-ˌman(t)-sər\ noun

necromantic

play \ˌne-krə-ˈman-tik\ adjective

necromantically

play \ˌne-krə-ˈman-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of necromancy in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


NECROMANCY Defined for English Language Learners

necromancy

noun

Definition of necromancy for English Language Learners

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

  • : the use of magic powers especially for evil purposes


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