bibliomancy

[ bib-lee-oh-man-see ]
/ ˈbɪb li oʊˌmæn si /

noun

divination by means of a book, especially the Bible, opened at random to some verse or passage, which is then interpreted.

Origin of bibliomancy

First recorded in 1745–55; biblio- + -mancy
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Examples from the Web for bibliomancy

  • Bibliomancy, divining by means of the Bible, survived to a comparatively recent period.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician|William Henry Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for bibliomancy

bibliomancy
/ (ˈbɪblɪəʊˌmænsɪ) /

noun

prediction of the future by interpreting a passage chosen at random from a book, esp the Bible
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