necromantic


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.necromantic - relating to or associated with necromancy; "mysterious necromantic rites"
2.necromantic - given to or produced by or used in the art of conjuring up the dead; "a necromantic sorcerer"; "necromantic delusions"; "necromantic powders and other weird objects"
supernatural - not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws; not physical or material; "supernatural forces and occurrences and beings"
Translations
nécromantique
References in classic literature ?
Wopsle in a high-crowned hat, with a necromantic work in one volume under his arm.
Your poor cousin Clifford is another dead and long-buried person, on whom the governor and council have wrought a necromantic miracle.
But the whole nation is, indeed, of so surprising a necromantic ability, that not even their infants, nor their commonest cats and dogs have any difficulty in seeing objects that do not exist at all, or that for twenty millions of years before the birth of the nation itself had been blotted out from the face of creation.
She further made over to him the cargo of a certain ship, laden with salt of Cadiz, which she herself, by her necromantic arts, had caused to founder, ten years before, in the deepest part of mid-ocean.
sacerdotal character, validated by necromantic pentagrams and other
The so-called "cella" is divided into two areas by a partition wall with a "fosse" in its eastern part opening directly into the funerary space where tomb 3709 lies, (11) and may be considered a working space for magical incantations and necromantic practices.
But this enthusiasm does not often extend to his work, which he talks about in effusive generalities that read either as necromantic visions or straight confessions.
This necromantic shift ingeniously eliminates the question of what will be and instead "resucita un poco, muy poco, / a las generaciones de los mayores" (Borges 27).
In the ancient novel, necromantic magicians tend to be Egyptian.
71), but also a long end-note providing an account of the part supposedly played by necromantic delusion in the taking of an Italian castle in 1381, a reference to the art of the juggler as explained in Scott's own Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, and an extract from Richard Holland's The Buke of the Howlat describing the feats of glamour cast by the jay upon an assembly of birds (pp.
13) By contrast, the new melodrama, Thomas Dibdin's The Chinese Sorcerer; or, the Emperor and His Three Sons, brimming with supernatural features, was extolled for its impressive spectral scenery, including a "tremendous necromantic Tower" and "a Cavern of Spectres.
In his initial monologue, Faustus recognizes that his necromantic ambitions are dependent on the willingness of demonic spirits to bring him what he desires, imagining that he will "make spirits fetch me what I please" (1.