Origin of -mancy

Middle English -manci(e), -mancy(e) < Old French -mancie < Latin -mantīa < Greek manteía divination. See mantic, -cy
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British Dictionary definitions for -mancy


n combining form
  1. indicating divination of a particular kindchiromancy

Word Origin for -mancy

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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