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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Definitions for gramarye

  1. occult learning; magic.

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Citations for gramarye
Whereas these kids, floundering as they were in the choppy, frigid waters of introductory gramarye, would have been lost without him. Lev Grossman, The Magician's Land, 2014
Thereupon the blocks of the barrel-vaulted ceiling began to glow with a pale, gentle lavender light that grew rapidly brighter until the entire cellar was clearly illuminated. That was gramarye. Dave Duncan, Demon Rider, 1997
Origin of gramarye
1275-1325
Gramarye, from Old French gramaire “grammar,” originally meant “(Latin) grammar, learning in general,” and later “black magic.” The word was all but obsolete by the end of the 16th century. Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) revived the word in its sense of black magic or necromancy in his “Lay of the Last Minstrel” (1805). By the Middle Ages, when no one spoke Latin as a first language, gramarye was restricted to “high” learning, which included astrology, occult sciences, and magic. Gramarye entered English in the 14th century.