necromancy

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

Definition of necromancy 

1 : conjuration (see conjure sense 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.

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Other Words from necromancy

necromancer \ ˈne-​krə-​ˌman(t)-​sər \ noun
necromantic \ ˌne-​krə-​ˈman-​tik \ adjective
necromantically \ ˌne-​krə-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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

First Known Use of necromancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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necromancy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of necromancy

: the practice of talking to the spirits of dead people

: the use of magic powers especially for evil purposes

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