- 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 necromantic
Necromantic magic is divided into Goëtic, maleficent, and theurgic.Witch, Warlock, and Magician
William Henry Davenport Adams
- 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 necromantic
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.