necromancy

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

Definition of necromancy

  1. 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. 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


First Known Use: 15th century


NECROMANCY Defined for English Language Learners

necromancy

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

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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