pyromancy

noun

py·​ro·​man·​cy ˈpī-rə-ˌman(t)-sē How to pronounce pyromancy (audio)
: divination by means of fire or flames

Word History

Etymology

Middle English piromancie, from Middle French, from Late Latin pyromantia, from Greek pyromanteia, from pyr fire + manteia divination — more at -mancy

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pyromancy was in the 14th century

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“Pyromancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyromancy. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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