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necromancy

noun

  1. (magic)  the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
    Synonyms: black art, black magic, sorcery. Type of: magic
  2. (divination)  conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
    Type of: divination

Etymology summary

"divination by communication with the dead", from Old French nygromancie, from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Necromancy

a claimed form of magic involving communication with the deceased - either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily - for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge... (40 of 4977 words, pronunciation, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

necromancy | sorcery [synonym, sense-specific] | necromancer [noun, derived]

the art or practice of supposedly conjuring up the dead, especially in order to obtain from them knowledge of the future | black magic; sorcery (24 of 411 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/necromancy

Merriam-Webster:

necromancy | magic [synonym, sense-specific] | sorcery [synonym, sense-specific] | bewitchery [synonym, sense-specific] | bewitchment [synonym, sense-specific] | conjuring [synonym, sense-specific] | devilry [synonym, sense-specific] | diablerie [synonym, sense-specific] | enchantment [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events | "magic", "sorcery" (22 of 183 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/necromancy

Britannica Encyclopedia:

necromancy [occult practice]

communication with the dead, usually in order to obtain insight into the future or to accomplish some otherwise impossible task. Such activity was ... (23 of 156 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/407752​/necromancy

Oxford Dictionary:

necromancy | necromantic [derived]

the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future | witchcraft, sorcery, or black magic in general. (22 of 94 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/necromancy

American Heritage Dictionary:

necromancy | necromancer [noun, related] | necromantic [adjective, related]

The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future. | Black magic; sorcery. | Magic qualities. (22 of 70 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/necromancy

Wiktionary:

necromancy | necromancies [plural] | necyomancy [sense-specific] | egromancy [sense-specific]

Divination involving the dead or death. | Loosely, any sorcery or witchcraft, especially involving death or the dead, particularly sorcery involving raising or reanimating the dead. (25 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/necromancy

New World Dictionary:

necromancy | necromancer [noun, related] | necromantic [adjective, related]

in some occult and religious beliefs, divination by means of communication with the spirits of deceased persons | black magic; sorcery (20 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/necromancy

Cambridge Dictionary:

necromancy | necromancer [noun, derived]

the practice of claiming to be able to communicate with the dead in order to discover what is going to happen in the future, or black magic (magic ... (28 of 48 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/necromancy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

necromancy [uncountable, literary] | necromancer [singular] | necromancers [plural]

the practice of communicating with dead people in order to learn about the future (14 of 43 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/necromancy

Random House Dictionary:

necromancy

a method of divination through alleged communication with the dead; black art. | magic in general, especially that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; ... (23 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/necromancy

Encarta Dictionary:

necromancy

the practice of attempting to communicate with the spirits of the dead in order to predict or influence the future | witchcraft or sorcery in general ... (25 of 75 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632683​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

necromancy

First use: about 1300

Origin: "divination by communication with the dead", from Old French nygromancie, from Medieval Latin nigromantia (13th century), from Latin ... (20 of 68 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=necromancy

Oxford Dictionary:

necromancy

Origin: Middle English nigromancie, via Old French from medieval Latin nigromantia, changed (by association with Latin niger, ... (16 of 42 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/necromancy

American Heritage Dictionary:

necromancy

Origin: Alteration of Middle English nigromancie, from Old French nigremancie, from Medieval Latin nigromantia, alteration (influenced by ... (16 of 39 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/necromancy

New World Dictionary:

necromancy

Origin: Middle English nigromancie from Old French nigromance from Medieval Latin nigromantia (altered by association with Latin ... (16 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/necromancy

Collins Dictionary:

necromancy

First use: 13th century

Origin: (as in sense 1) ultimately from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros corpse; (as in sense 2) from Medieval Latin nigromantia, from ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/necromancy

Merriam-Webster:

necromancy

First use: 1522

Origin: alteration of Middle English nigromancie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin nigromantia, by folk etymology from Late Latin ... (18 of 28 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/necromancy

Wiktionary:

necromancy

Origin: Ancient Greek νεκρομαντεία (nekromanteia), νεκρός (nekros, "dead") + μαντεία (manteia, "divination").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/necromancy

Encarta Dictionary:

necromancy

First use: 13th century

Origin: Alteration of nigromancy, via French from medieval Latin nigromantia from late Latin necromantia (influenced by Latin ... (18 of 28 etymology words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632683​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

necromancy

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Cambridge Dictionary:

necromancy

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

necromancy [uncountable, literary] | necromancer [singular] | necromancers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "necromancy"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

necromancy [uncountable, literary] | necromancer [singular] | necromancers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "necromancy"

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the Free Dictionary:

necromancy

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Google Dictionary:

necromancy

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

necromancy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "necromancy"

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YourDictionary Audio:

necromancy

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