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cleromancy

[kleer-uh-man-see, kler-]
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noun
  1. the casting of lots as a means of divination.

Origin of cleromancy

1600–10; < Medieval Latin clēromantīa, equivalent to Greek klêro(s) lot + manteía -mancy
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Historical Examples

  • The great Napoleon was a firm believer in various modes of superstition, particularly in Cleromancy.

    The Mysteries of All Nations

    James Grant


Word Origin and History for cleromancy

n.

"divination by dice," c.1600, from French cléromancie, from Latinized form of Greek kleros "lot" (see clerk (n.)) + manteia "oracle, divination" (see -mancy).

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