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Divination by fire or flames.

[Middle English piromance, from Old French pyromancie, from Late Latin pyromantīa, from Greek puromanteia : puro-, pyro- + -manteia, -mancy.]

py′ro·man′tic (-măn′tĭk) adj.
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(Alternative Belief Systems) divination by fire or flames
ˈpyroˌmancer n
ˌpyroˈmantic adj
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(ˈpaɪ rəˌmæn si)

divination by fire, or by forms appearing in fire.
[1325–75; Middle English piromancie < Medieval Latin pyromantīa < Greek pyromanteía]
py′ro•man`cer, n.
py`ro•man′tic, adj.
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a form of divination involving fire or flames.
See also: Divination, Fire
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Divination by fire. There are many different forms, including, botanomancy, capnomancy, causinomancy, daphnomancy, halomancy, pyroscopy, and sideromancy.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pyromancy - divination by fire or flames
fortune telling, soothsaying, foretelling, divination - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
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My favorite is Rule IX: "All books and writings dealing with geomancy, hydromancy, areomancy, pyromancy, oneiromancy, chiromancy, necromancy, or with sortilege, mixing of poisons, augury, auspices, sorcery, and magic arts are absolutely repudiated." You may want to consult your dictionary on any of these subjects.
books, treatises, deeds, memorials, recipes, and catalogues, for invoking demons, by whatever way, and manner, whether it be by necromancy, hydromancy, pyromancy, aeromancy, onomancy, chiromancy, and geomancy; or by writings, and papers of magic art, spells, witchcrafts, omens, enchantments, conjurings, circles, characters, seals, rings, and figures.
Even before tobacco, the New World's gift to the Old, denizens of opium parlors (Shanghai, Macao) practiced the ancient arts of pyromancy & fumography or smoke-writing, decoding & cataloguing in airy cursiveness flickering ciphers of silent texts.