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cler·o·man·cy (klēr′ə-măn′sē, klĕr′-)
Divination by the casting of lots.
[Medieval Latin clēromantīa : Greek klēros, lot + Late Latin -mantīa, -mancy; see -mancy.]
, pl -cies
a divination involving dice-throwing or lot-casting
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.