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 ?
Your poor cousin Clifford is another dead and long-buried person, on whom the governor and council have wrought a necromantic miracle.
Wopsle in a high-crowned hat, with a necromantic work in one volume under his arm.
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.
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.
sacerdotal character, validated by necromantic pentagrams and other
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.
46 is probably necromantic, for which see Josef Tropper, Nekromantie: Totenbefragung im Alten Orient und im Alten Testament (Kevelaer: Butzon & Bercker, 1989).
It is impossible to miss the iconography at work here, which, in its references to darkness, tapers and the night, is simultaneously funereal and necromantic.
8221; The films follow Marek, a runaway slave with a gift for magic who teams up with an unlikely group of adventurers as she struggles to subdue and control her natural necromantic abilities.
Actually, I can't teach you any of those things--but I have a treat for you anyway: a book that assays those topics and lots of other tantalizing necromantic antics.
Enter Tara Abernathy, a Crafter dismissed from the Hidden Schools and a first-year associate in the necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao.
7 as well when, in the second part, the foolish widow comes to the scholar Rinieri for his necromantic skills, without noting that he did not use these skills earlier when she trapped him in the courtyard.