necromancy

[ nek-ruh-man-see ]SEE DEFINITION OF necromancy

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Holy Scripture is full of references to Witchcraft and Necromancy.

Necromancy, sorcery and witchcraft were punished here; and "royal solemnities and goodly jousts were held here."

Necromancy—wizardry—fairy-lore—all the stuff and nonsense that goes to the making of 'The Arabian nights'!

Necromancy gradually merged into sorcery, which has occasionally come to the surface in comparatively recent years.

Necromancy and magic, demonism and witchcraft, have long since been relegated to the limbo of exposed fraud.

On the other hand, Necromancy, according to the definition of Cotgrave, is divination by conference with dead bodies raised.

As to the facts of Witchcraft and Necromancy, it is quite impossible to deny their existence.

Many of the heathens cordially defended magic and Necromancy.

I believe we commit the crime of Necromancy when we take part in these spiritual sances.

Again: in Corea and China the practice of Necromancy is said to be almost universal.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, nygromauncy, "divination by communication with the dead," from Old French nigromancie "magic, necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery," from Medieval Latin nigromantia (13c.), from Latin necromantia "divination from an exhumed corpse," from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros "dead body" (see necro-) + manteia "divination, oracle," from manteuesthai "to prophesy," from mantis "prophet" (see mania). Spelling influenced in Medieval Latin by niger "black," on notion of "black arts." Modern spelling is a mid-16c. correction. Related: Necromantic.

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