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necromancy

Line breaks: necro|mancy
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛkrə(ʊ)mansi
 
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Definition of necromancy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future: alchemy, necromancy, and other magic practices
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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.

Derivatives

necromantic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈmantɪk/
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with necromancy

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