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  1. divination by means of the motions or appearance of water.
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Origin of hydromancy

1585–95; earlier hydromantie, -cie (< Middle French) ≪ Late Greek hydromanteía divination by water; replacing Middle English ydromancye < Middle French ydromancie < L. See hydro-1, -mancy
Related formshy·dro·manc·er, nounhy·dro·man·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hydromancy

Historical Examples

  • How many that are for hydromancy, that pretend in water to show men mighty mysteries?

    The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campell

    Daniel Defoe

  • Hydromancy, divination by water, in which the diviner showed the figure of an absent person.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician

    William Henry Davenport Adams

  • This mode of divining is perhaps one of the most ancient superstitions that have descended to us, and was termed Hydromancy.

British Dictionary definitions for hydromancy


  1. divination by water
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Derived Formshydromancer, nounhydromantic, adjective
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