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geomancy

[jee-uh-man-see]
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noun
  1. divination by geographic features or by figures or lines.

Origin of geomancy

1325–75; Middle English < Old French geomancieLate Greek geōmanteía. See geo-, -mancy
Related formsge·o·man·cer, nounge·o·man·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for geomancy

Historical Examples

  • Herbalism, alchemy, geomancy, and other magic arts owe their origin to this fountain-head of primitive superstition.

    The Japanese Spirit

    Yoshisaburo Okakura

  • Alchemy, geomancy and spiritualism have dwelt and dwell under its shadow.

  • Geomancy is a kind of foretelling things, by means of little dots first made on the ground and then on paper.

    Peeps Into China

    E. C. Phillips

  • Pertaining to geomancy, the art of divining future events by means of signs connected with the earth.

  • But Speght is correct in the main point, viz., that Puella and Rubeus are 'the names of two figures in geomancy.'


British Dictionary definitions for geomancy

geomancy

noun
  1. prophecy from the pattern made when a handful of earth is cast down or dots are drawn at random and connected with lines
Derived Formsgeomancer, noungeomantic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for geomancy

n.

"art of divination by means of signs derived from the earth," late 14c., from Old French géomancie, from Medieval Latin geomantia, from late Greek *geomanteia, from geo-, comb. form of ge "earth" + manteia "divination" (see -mancy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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