- a method of divination through alleged communication with the dead; black art.
- magic in general, especially that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; sorcery; witchcraft; conjuration.
Origin of necromancy
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Examples from the Web for necromancy
Holy Scripture is full of references to Witchcraft and Necromancy.
Necromancy, sorcery and witchcraft were punished here; and "royal solemnities and goodly jousts were held here."Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
Necromancy—wizardry—fairy-lore—all the stuff and nonsense that goes to the making of 'The Arabian nights'!Cleek, the Master Detective
Thomas W. Hanshew
Necromancy gradually merged into sorcery, which has occasionally come to the surface in comparatively recent years.The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy
Charles John Samuel Thompson
Necromancy and magic, demonism and witchcraft, have long since been relegated to the limbo of exposed fraud.Craftsmanship in Teaching
William Chandler Bagley
- the art or practice of supposedly conjuring up the dead, esp in order to obtain from them knowledge of the future
- black magic; sorcery
Word Origin and History for necromancy
c.1300, nygromauncy, "divination by communication with the dead," from Old French nigromancie "magic, necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery," from Medieval Latin nigromantia (13c.), from Latin necromantia "divination from an exhumed corpse," from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros "dead body" (see necro-) + manteia "divination, oracle," from manteuesthai "to prophesy," from mantis "prophet" (see mania). Spelling influenced in Medieval Latin by niger "black," on notion of "black arts." Modern spelling is a mid-16c. correction. Related: Necromantic.