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Meaning of NECROMANCY

Pronunciation:  'nekru`mansee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
 

NECROMANCY is a 10 letter word that starts with N.

 

 See Also: divination, foretelling, fortune telling, soothsaying

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
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