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[Middle English, from Old French -mancie, from Late Latin -mantīa, from Greek manteia, -manteia, from manteuesthai, to prophesy, from mantis, prophet; see men- in Indo-European roots.]
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n combining form
indicating divination of a particular kind: chiromancy.
[from Old French -mancie, from Latin -mantia, from Greek manteia soothsaying]
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a combining form meaning “divination,” of the kind specified by the initial element: necromancy.
[Middle English -manci(e), -mancy(e) < Old French -mancie < Latin -mantīa < Greek manteía divination. See mantic, -cy]
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