Definition of necromancy in English:

necromancy

Syllabification: nec·ro·man·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈnekrəˌmansē
 
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noun

  • 1The supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.
    More example sentences
    • Because necromancy has been practiced in many cultures, it includes a variety of techniques.
    • Some theurgical workings will incorporate elements of thaumaturgy, and divination may include necromancy while today's alchemist may bring in elements of all the other forms.
    • I tried explaining why she shouldn't talk about or practice necromancy.
  • 1.1Witchcraft, sorcery, or black magic in general.
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    • There is the obvious addition of the black magics that come with allowing necromancy into your blood; this magic varies from necromancer to necromancer, but most have a few magical traits in common.
    • But this magic has a tendency to turn to necromancy when computers break down.
    • The so-called science of poll-taking is not a science at all, but mere necromancy.
    Synonyms
    sorcery, (black) magic, witchcraft, witchery, wizardry, the occult, occultism, voodoo, hoodoo; divination; spiritualism

Derivatives

necromantic

Pronunciation: /ˌnekrəˈmantik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Using your necromantic magic, you are in eternal youth, and as such, you can't die of age.
  • The more you use the magic you have, necromantic or not, the faster it will kill you.
  • The great renaissance magi strenuously disavowed necromantic practices, but most scholars suspect the magi owed a good deal more to the tradition than they admitted.

Origin

Middle English nigromancie, via Old French from medieval Latin nigromantia, changed (by association with Latin niger, nigr- 'black') from late Latin necromantia, from Greek (see necro-, -mancy). The spelling was changed in the 16th century to conform with the late Latin form.

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