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[bib-lee-oh-man-see] /ˈbɪb li oʊˌmæn si/
divination by means of a book, especially the Bible, opened at random to some verse or passage, which is then interpreted.
Origin of bibliomancy
First recorded in 1745-55; biblio- + -mancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • bibliomancy, divining by means of the Bible, survived to a comparatively recent period.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician William Henry Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for bibliomancy


prediction of the future by interpreting a passage chosen at random from a book, esp the Bible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bibliomancy

1753, "divination by opening a book (especially the Bible) at random," the first verse presenting itself being taken as a prognostication of future events, from biblio- + -mancy. In pagan times, Homer (sortes Homericae) and Virgil (sortes Virgilianae) were used.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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