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hydromancy

[hahy-druh-man-see]
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noun
  1. divination by means of the motions or appearance of water.

Origin of hydromancy

1585–95; earlier hydromantie, -cie (< Middle French) ≪ Late Greek hydromanteía divination by water; replacing Middle English ydromancye < Middle French ydromancie < L. See hydro-1, -mancy
Related formshy·dro·manc·er, nounhy·dro·man·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hydromancy

Historical Examples

  • How many that are for hydromancy, that pretend in water to show men mighty mysteries?

    The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campell

    Daniel Defoe

  • Hydromancy, divination by water, in which the diviner showed the figure of an absent person.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician

    William Henry Davenport Adams

  • This mode of divining is perhaps one of the most ancient superstitions that have descended to us, and was termed Hydromancy.


British Dictionary definitions for hydromancy

hydromancy

noun
  1. divination by water
Derived Formshydromancer, nounhydromantic, adjective
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