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necromancy Explained

necromancy at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


necromancy at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

13c., from M.L. nigromantia, from L.L. necromantia "divination from an exhumed corpse," from Gk. nekromanteia, from nekros "dead body" + manteia "divination, oracle," from manteuesthai "to prophesy," from mantis "prophet." Spelling infl. in L. by niger "black," on notion of "black arts." Modern spelling is c.1550 from attempts to correct M.E. nygromauncy. ///

necromancy at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Late Latin; Origin: necromantia, from Greek, from nekros 'dead body' + manteia 'telling the future']//
1 magic, especially evil magic:
2 literary the practice of claiming to talk with the dead: -- necromancer n [C] //

necromancy at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "necromancy":
alchemy, bewitchery, bewitchment, charm, divination, enchantment,
fetishism, glamour, gramarye, hoodoo, juju, jujuism, magic,
mediumism, natural magic, obeah, rune, seance, shamanism, sitting,
sorcery, sortilege, spell, spellbinding, spellcasting, spirit,
spiritism, spiritualism, sympathetic magic, thaumaturgia,
thaumaturgics, thaumaturgism, thaumaturgy, theurgy, vampirism,
voodoo, voodooism, wanga, white magic, witchcraft, witchery,
witchwork, wizardry

necromancy at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Prediction): prediction, announcement, plan, premonition, warning, prognosis, prophecy, vaticination, prognostication, augury, auspices, harbinger, forecast, omen, soothsaying, fortune telling, crystal gazing, divination, necromancy.

[N] (Sorcery): sorcery, occult art, occult sciences, magic, the black arts, necromancy, witchcraft, witchery, voodooism, exorcism, enchantment, mysticism.

necromancy at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun [U]
1 the practice of claiming to communicate by magic with the dead in order to learn about the future
2 the use of magic powers, especially evil ones

Necromancy at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Necromancy \Nec"ro*man`cy\, n. [OE. nigromaunce, nigromancie,
OF. nigromance, F. n['e]cromance, n['e]cromancie, from L.
necromantia, Gr. ?; ? a dead body (akin to L. necare to kill,
Skr. na(?) to perish, vanish) + ? divination, fr. ? diviner,
seer, akin to E. mania. See {Mania}, and cf. {Internecine},
{Noxious}. The old spelling is due to confusion with L. niger
black. Hence the name black art.]
The art of revealing future events by means of a pretended
communication with the dead; the black art; hence, magic in
general; conjuration; enchantment. See {Black art}.

This palace standeth in the air, By necromancy
plac[`e]d there. --Drayton.

necromancy at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or
evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
[syn: {sorcery}, {black magic}, {black art}]
2: conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying

necromancy at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* necyomancy, egromancy


From Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » sc=polytonic|νεκρομαντεία|tr=nekromanteia|lang=grc, Inter: term » sc=polytonic|νεκρός|tr=nekros||dead|lang=grc + Inter: term » sc=polytonic|μαντεία|tr=manteia||divination|lang=grc.


* Inter: enPR » nĕkʹ-rə-măn'-si, Inter: IPA » /ˈnɛkrəˌmænsi/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"nEkr@m{nsi/


Inter: en-noun » necromancies|-
  • Divination involving the dead or death.
    1. 1597 King James Daemonologie
    2. : And for to make this treatise the more pleasaunt and facill, I have put it in forme of a Dialogue, which I have diuided into three bookes: The first speaking of Magie in general, and Necromancie in special.
    3. 1652 Gaule The Magastromancer
    4. : And in one word for all, Nagomancy, or Necromancy; by inspecting, consulting, and divining by, with, or from the dead.
    5. 1867 E. Rogers, quoted in K. Thomas Relig. & Decline of Magic
    6. : the Devil did often tempt me to study necromancy and nigromancy and to make use of magic, and to make a league with him...
    7. 1920 L. Spence Encyc. Occult
    8. : There is no doubt..that necromancy is the touch-stone of occultism...
    9. Loosely, any sorcery or witchcraft, especially involving death or the dead, particularly sorcery involving raising or reanimating the dead.

      Derived terms

      * thread necromancy


      Inter: trans-top » divination involving the dead

  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|نكرومانسية
  • Basque: Inter: t- » eu|nekromantzia
  • Bulgarian: некромантия
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|nigromància|f
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|nekromancie
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|nekromanti|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|dodenbezweerder
  • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|andamaning|f
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|nekromantia
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|nécromancie|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Totenbeschwörung, Inter: t- » de|Nekromantie, Inter: t- » de|Totenorakel
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|νεκρομαντεία|f|tr=nekromanteía
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|nekromanta
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|andasæring|f
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|nekromansi
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|negromanzia|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|ネクロマンシー

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|nigromantia, Inter: t- » la|necromantia
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|nekromantika
    • Middle English: Inter: tø » enm|nigromancy
    • Old French: Inter: tø » fro|nygromancie
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|nekromancja
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|necromancia, Inter: t+ » pt|nigromancia
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|necromanția|f
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|некромантия
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|некромантија|f|sc=Cyrl
    • : Latin: Inter: t- » sh|nekromancija|f
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|nekromancia|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|nigromancia, Inter: t- » es|necromancia
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|nekromanti
    • Tagalog: Inter: t- » tl|nekromansya
    • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|nekromansi
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|некромантія|f|tr=nekromantija

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category - :English words prefixed with necro-|mancy
    Category: Category:English words suffixed with -mancy -
    Category: Category:en:Death -
    Category: Category:en:Divination -
    Category: Category:en:Fictional abilities -
    Category: Category:en:Hereafter -
    Category: Category:en:Occult -
    Translation: ca » necromancy
    Translation: et » necromancy
    Translation: el » necromancy
    Translation: fr » necromancy
    Translation: ko » necromancy
    Translation: io » necromancy
    Translation: it » necromancy
    Translation: mg » necromancy
    Translation: my » necromancy
    Translation: pl » necromancy
    Translation: ru » necromancy
    Translation: ta » necromancy
    Translation: te » necromancy
    Translation: vi » necromancy
    Translation: zh » necromancy