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a combining form meaning “divination,” of the kind specified by the initial element:
Origin of -mancy
Middle English -manci(e), -mancy(e) < Old French -mancie < Latin -mantīa < Greek manteía divination. See mantic, -cy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -mancy


combining form
indicating divination of a particular kind: chiromancy
Word Origin
from Old French -mancie, from Latin -mantia, from Greek manteia soothsaying
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Word Origin and History for -mancy

word-forming element meaning "divination by means of," from Old French -mancie, from Late Latin -mantia, from Greek manteia "oracle, divination," from mantis "seer, prophet, soothsayer," related to mania "madness, frenzy" (see mania).

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