Origin of necromancy
Examples from the Web for necromantic
Necromantic magic is divided into Goëtic, maleficent, and theurgic.Witch, Warlock, and Magician|William Henry Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for necromantic
Word Origin for necromancy
Word Origin and History for necromantic
c.1300, nygromauncy, "divination by communication with the dead," from Old French nigromancie "magic, necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery," from Medieval Latin nigromantia (13c.), from Latin necromantia "divination from an exhumed corpse," from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros "dead body" (see necro-) + manteia "divination, oracle," from manteuesthai "to prophesy," from mantis "prophet" (see mania). Spelling influenced in Medieval Latin by niger "black," on notion of "black arts." Modern spelling is a mid-16c. correction. Related: Necromantic.