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.
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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"
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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."'
These metaphysics of magicians, And necromantic books are heavenly; Lines, circles, scenes, letters, and characters; Ay, these are those that Faustus most desires.
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.
In the British museum are preserved many ancient papers, mostly of a sacerdotal character, validated by necromantic pentagrams and other devices, frequently initial letters of words to conjure with; and in many instances these are attached in the same way that seals are appended now.
Atlanta, GA, May 18, 2018 --(PR.com)-- In Book I, "Willow of Ashes," an apprentice Reaper named Xavier with necromantic powers becomes trapped inside his twin brother after he is flung into the ocean.
In other stories, necromantic rites, allusions to astrological forces, spiritualist trance states and various kinds of scrying are implied or mentioned, but never fully described as they are often considered to be practices below the dignity of the narrators who are frequently portrayed as either too stalwart and practical or rational and scientific to take such procedures seriously.
He faces a dangerous foe: a necromantic Master Vampire of intense power and uncertain motivations--and intimate ties to Alastair's past.
Though she might not admit it to herself, Lady Russell's actions throughout the novel reflect a somewhat necromantic desire for Lady Elliot to be brought back to life through Anne.
We will first focus our attention on the analysis of the epigraphic materials found in the space designated "PH Room 10" or "Cella aux tablettes." 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.