cleromancy


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cler·o·man·cy

 (klēr′ə-măn′sē, klĕr′-)
n.
Divination by the casting of lots.

[Medieval Latin clēromantīa : Greek klēros, lot + Late Latin -mantīa, -mancy; see -mancy.]

cler′o·man′cer n.

cleromancy

(ˈklɛrəˌmænsɪ)
n, pl -cies
a divination involving dice-throwing or lot-casting

cleromancy

astragalomancy.
See also: Divination

cleromancy

An alternative name for sortilege.
References in periodicals archive ?
If, as Adrienne Rich argues, writing is re-naming, when dealing with the long dead, writing also becomes a form of cleromancy (the casting of bones, lots or stones).
Gambling studies should take a broad view of the field and consider activities that are not strictly gambling but similar to it, such as cleromancy and secular uses of drawing of lots, to give us perspective on societal and cultural aspects of gambling.
Arnold, "Necromancy and Cleromancy in I and II Samuel," CBQ 66 (2004):203.