Definition of cartomancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːtə(ʊ)ˌmansi/


[mass noun]
Fortune telling by interpreting a random selection of playing cards.
Example sentences
  • Astrology, astrotherapy, biorhythms, cartomancy, chiromancy, the enneagram, fortune telling, graphology, rumpology, etc., seem to work because they seem to provide accurate personality analyses.
  • Rumpology works the same way as astrology, cartomancy, metoposcopy, palmistry, and getting messages from ghosts.
  • Alliette (writing under the name of Etteilla) was probably the most famous of the French writers on cartomancy (divination by cards) Abrégé de la Cartomancie.



Example sentences
  • My life happened to intersect with the Tarot at an early age, so these days I'm a pretty decent cartomancer.
  • These meanings are based on the traditional interpretations used by cartomancers for centuries.
  • You don't have to be a prophet or a cartomancer to work that out; you just have to be completely detached.


Late 19th century: from French cartomancie, from carte 'card' + -mancie (see -mancy).

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