- a combining form meaning “divination,” of the kind specified by the initial element: necromancy.
Origin of -mancy
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- indicating divination of a particular kindchiromancy
from Old French -mancie, from Latin -mantia, from Greek manteia soothsaying
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Word Origin and History for -mancy
word-forming element meaning "divination by means of," from Old French -mancie, from Late Latin -mantia, from Greek manteia "oracle, divination," from mantis "seer, prophet, soothsayer," related to mania "madness, frenzy" (see mania).
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