Definitions for necromancyˈnɛk rəˌmæn si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nec•ro•man•cyˈnɛk rəˌmæn si(n.)

  1. a method of divination through invocation of the dead.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. magic in general, esp. that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; conjuration.

Origin of necromancy:

1300–50; ME nigromancie < ML nigromantīa, for LL necromantīa < Gk nekromanteía; see necro -, -mancy


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorcery, black magic, black art, necromancy(noun)

    the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world

  2. necromancy(noun)

    conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying


  1. necromancy(Noun)

    Divination involving the dead or death.

  2. necromancy(Noun)

    Loosely, any sorcery or witchcraft, especially involving death or the dead, particularly sorcery involving raising or reanimating the dead.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Necromancy(noun)

    the art of revealing future events by means of a pretended communication with the dead; the black art; hence, magic in general; conjuration; enchantment. See Black art


  1. Necromancy

    Necromancy is a claimed form of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. The term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft. The word "necromancy" is adapted from Late Latin necromantia, itself borrowed from post-Classical Greek νεκρομαντεία, a compound of Ancient Greek νεκρός, "dead body", and μαντεία, "prophecy or divination"; this compound form was first used by Origen of Alexandria in the 3rd century CE. The Classical Greek term was ἡ νέκυια, from the episode of the Odyssey in which Odysseus visits the realm of the dead, νεκυομαντεία in Hellenistic Greek, rendered as necyomantīa in Latin, and as necyomancy in 17th century English. In medieval Latin and English texts the variant nigromantia, "nigromancy", is found. This form arose when writers of that era replaced the Greek word element necro- with the better-known Latin nigro-, "black". In Renaissance magic, nigromancy was classified foremost among seven "forbidden arts", all of them methods of divination.


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