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ˈnɛk rəˌmæn sinecro·man·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorcery, black magic, black art, necromancynoun

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

  2. necromancynoun

    conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying


  1. necromancynoun

    Divination involving the dead or death.

  2. necromancynoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Necromancynoun

    Etymology: νεϰρὸς and μάντις; necromance, Fr.

    The resurrection of Samuel is nothing but delusion in the practice of necromancy and popular conception of ghosts. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i.

    He did it partly by necromancy, wherein he was much skilled. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    This palace standeth in the air,
    By necromancy placed there,
    That it no tempests needs to fear. Michael Drayton, Nym.


  1. necromancy

    Necromancy is a form of magic or occult practice that involves communication with the dead, usually with the intention of predicting the future, discovering hidden knowledge, or influencing the natural world. This is usually achieved through rituals or ceremonies that summon the spirits of deceased individuals or possibly raise the dead.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Necromancynoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [OE. nigromaunce, nigromancie, OF. nigromance, F. ncromance, ncromancie, from L. necromantia, Gr. ; nekro`s a dead body (akin to L. necare to kill, Skr. na to perish, vanish) + divination, fr. diviner, seer, akin to E. mania. See Mania, and cf. Internecine, Noxious. The old spelling is due to confusion with L. niger black. Hence the name 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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of necromancy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of necromancy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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