2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Necromancy \Nec"ro*man'cy\, noun [OE. nigromaunce, nigromancie, OF. nigromance, F. n['e]cromance, n['e]cromancie, from L. necromantia, Gr. ?; nekro's a dead body (akin to L. necare to kill, Skr. na[,c] 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world [syn: {sorcery}, {black magic}, {black art}, {necromancy}]

2: conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying

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