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nec·ro·man·cy

 (nĕk′rə-măn′sē)
n.
1. The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future.
2. Black magic; sorcery.
3. Magic qualities.

[Alteration of Middle English nigromancie, from Old French nigremancie, from Medieval Latin nigromantia, alteration (influenced by Latin niger, black) of Late Latin necromantīa, from Greek nekromanteia : nekros, corpse; see nek- in Indo-European roots + -manteia, -mancy.]

nec′ro·man′cer n.
nec′ro·man′tic (-măn′tĭk) adj.

necromancy

(ˈnɛkrəʊˌmænsɪ)
n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) the art or practice of supposedly conjuring up the dead, esp in order to obtain from them knowledge of the future
2. black magic; sorcery
[C13: (as in sense 1) ultimately from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros corpse; (as in sense 2) from Medieval Latin nigromantia, from Latin niger black, which replaced necro- through folk etymology]
ˈnecroˌmancer n
ˌnecroˈmantic adj

nec•ro•man•cy

(ˈnɛk rəˌmæn si)

n.
1. a method of divination through invocation of the dead.
2. magic in general, esp. that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; conjuration.
[1300–50; Middle English nigromancie < Medieval Latin nigromantīa, for Late Latin necromantīa < Greek nekromanteía; see necro-, -mancy]
nec′ro•man`cer, n.
nec`ro•man′tic, adj.

necromancy

1. the magie practiced by a witch or sorcerer.
2. a form of divination through communication with the dead; the black art. Also nigromancy. — necromancer, necromant, nigromancien, n.necromantie, adj.
See also: Death
1. the magic practiced by a witch or sorcerer.
2. a form of divination through communication with the dead. Also called nigromancy. — necromancer, necromant, nigromancien, n. — necromantie, adj.
See also: Divination

necromancy

1. Asking the dead to answer questions about the future using automatic writing, a ouija board, or through a medium.
2. The summoning of the dead for the purposes of divination.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.necromancy - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the worldnecromancy - the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
magic, thaumaturgy - any art that invokes supernatural powers
witchcraft, witchery - the art of sorcery
bewitchment, enchantment - a magical spell
demonism, diabolism, Satanism - a belief in and reverence for devils (especially Satan)
obiism - belief in a kind of sorcery that originated in Africa and is practiced in the West Indies
2.necromancy - conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
fortune telling, soothsaying, foretelling, divination - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means

necromancy

noun magic, witchcraft, voodoo, the occult (rare), wizardry, black magic, enchantment, divination, occultism, sorcery, black art, demonology, witchery, voodooism They were accused of using necromancy and the black arts.
Translations
nekromantia
necromantianigromantia

necromancy

[ˈnekrəʊmænsɪ] Nnigromancia f, nigromancía f

necromancy

[ˈnɛkrəmænsi] nnécromancie f

necromancy

nToten- or Geisterbeschwörung f, → Nekromantie f

necromancy

[ˈnɛkrəʊˌmænsɪ] n (frm) → negromanzia
References in classic literature ?
He remembered, moreover, that he was in the house of a Jew, a people who, besides the other unamiable qualities which popular report ascribed to them, were supposed to be profound necromancers and cabalists.
Among this nation of necromancers there was also one who had in his veins the blood of the salamanders; for he made no scruple of sitting down to smoke his chibouc in a red-hot oven until his dinner was thoroughly roasted upon its floor.
Others contended that the stigma had not been produced until a long time subsequent, when old Roger Chillingworth, being a potent necromancer, had caused it to appear, through the agency of magic and poisonous drugs.
Hardly have I escaped from that magician, and must another necromancer again run across my path,--
Castle of Wolfenbach, Clermont, Mysterious Warnings, Necromancer of the Black Forest, Midnight Bell, Orphan of the Rhine, and Horrid Mysteries.
And through it all, a flying shuttle, weaving the golden dazzling thread of personality, moved the form of her little, indomitable mother, eight years old, and nine ere the great traverse was ended, a necromancer and a law-giver, willing her way, and the way and the willing always good and right.
And John Barleycorn, mighty necromancer though he be, is as much a slave to organic chemistry as we mortals are.
Nay, the very raven, who had hopped upon the table and with the air of some old necromancer appeared to be profoundly studying a great folio volume that lay open on a desk, was strictly in unison with the rest, and looked like the embodied spirit of evil biding his time of mischief.
So startling would his results appear to the uninitiated that until they learned the processes by which he had arrived at them they might well consider him as a necromancer.
For it is, even with the stillest and politest circles, as with the circle the necromancer draws around him--very strange appearances may be seen in active motion outside.
The fame of this exploit having spread to the other rooms, and being discredited there, the young necromancer declared that the same wonder would appear in all the rooms in turn, which it accordingly did; and the whole circumstances having been privately reported to one of the ushers as usual, that functionary, after listening about at the doors of the rooms, by a sudden descent caught the performer in his night-shirt, with a box of phosphorus in his guilty hand.
His mind, therefore, had become stored with all kinds of mystic lore; he had dabbled a little in astrology, alchemy, divination;[2] knew how to detect stolen money, and to tell where springs of water lay hidden; in a word, by the dark nature of his knowledge he had acquired the name of the "High German Doctor," which is pretty nearly equivalent to that of necromancer.