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A book of magical knowledge, especially one containing spells.

[French, from Old French, from alteration (probably influenced by grimuche, grotesque figure, grimace, grimace kindred Old French words) of gramaire, grammar, the study of Latin literature; see grammar.]
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(Alternative Belief Systems) a textbook of sorcery and magic
[C19: from French, altered from grammaire grammar; compare glamour]
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Noun1.grimoire - a manual of black magic (for invoking spirits and demons)
manual - a small handbook
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These grimoires can also transform into deadly creatures known as Maleficts.
He is the author of numerous books on medieval and pagan afterlife beliefs and magic, including The Book of Grimoires, Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells, and The Tradition of Household Spirits
La lettre de change elle-meme, assortie de sa fameuse clause, le testament du pere de Portia, les grimoires symboliques qui accompagnent chacun des coffrets, les lettres d'Antonio a Bassanio, de Ballario au juge ...
Icelandic Magic draws upon grimoires preserved through the centuries in the National Library of Reykjavik to reveal a rich tradition of pagan magic, spirituality, and lore.
(14) Nicolas WEILL-PAROT, La magie des grimoires. Petite flanerie dans le secret des bibliotheques, Paris, 2009.
Its procedures were confided in grimoires, textbooks of ritual magic, and these became the jealously guarded jewels of the magical tradition" (Owen 100).
Rather, it is a flat "given" that demons exist and that they can be controlled in the ways set out in the various grimoires that have survived.
So tranquilized by art that usually really just is a lube job for showbiz, too few in attendance at the opening seemed to notice that the kits of celebritized pigeons--Maurizio Cattelan's stuffed, stool versions of which eavesdropped from various perches throughout the manse--were each choreographed, rivetingly, around a putrid puddle of sick; or seemed to heed the sage, candles, and incense burning in the metaphysical apothecary-cum-detox-center (the exhibition's second) immediately, ominously, to the right of the final exit, much less reach for one of the grimoires the artist placed above the fireplace, including Night Studio: A Memoir of Philip Guston, the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, and Andrews' Diseases of the Skin (fourth edition).
cet apprentissage des grimoires d'autrefois qu'Igitur ou la Nuit est "instruite de l'architecture des tenebres" (OCI 493 et 858; DSIV 59).
(20) Tanya Krzywinska, 'Hubble-Bubble, Herbs and Grimoires: Magic, Manichaeanism, and Witchcraft in Buffy,' in Rhonda V.