[ nek-ruh-man-see ]
/ ˈnɛk rəˌmæn si /


a method of divination through alleged communication with the dead; black art.
magic in general, especially that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; sorcery; witchcraft; conjuration.

Origin of necromancy

1250–1300; necro- + -mancy; replacing Middle English nigromancie < Medieval Latin nigromantīa for Late Latin necromantīa < Greek nekromanteía; by folk etymology nigro- (combining form of Latin niger black) was substituted in ML for original necro-


nec·ro·man·cer, nounnec·ro·man·tic; Obsolete, nec·ro·man·ti·cal, adjectivenec·ro·man·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for necromantic

/ (ˈnɛkrəʊˌmænsɪ) /


the art or practice of supposedly conjuring up the dead, esp in order to obtain from them knowledge of the future
black magic; sorcery

Derived forms of necromancy

necromancer, nounnecromantic, adjective

Word Origin for necromancy

C13: (as in sense 1) ultimately from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros corpse; (as in sense 2) from Medieval Latin nigromantia, from Latin niger black, which replaced necro- through folk etymology
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