cleromancy

[ kleer-uh-man-see, kler- ]
/ ˈklɪər əˌmæn si, ˈklɛr- /
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noun

the casting of lots as a means of divination.

Origin of cleromancy

1600–10; < Medieval Latin clēromantīa, equivalent to Greek klêro(s) lot + manteía -mancy
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Examples from the Web for cleromancy

  • The great Napoleon was a firm believer in various modes of superstition, particularly in Cleromancy.

Word Origin and History for cleromancy

cleromancy


n.

"divination by dice," c.1600, from French cléromancie, from Latinized form of Greek kleros "lot" (see clerk (n.)) + manteia "oracle, divination" (see -mancy).

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