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  1. divination through dreams.
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Origin of oneiromancy

1645–55; < Greek óneiro(s) dream + -mancy
Related formso·nei·ro·man·cer, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Oneiromancy, in unorganized form, was studied in very early periods of religious life.

    Introduction to the History of Religions

    Crawford Howell Toy

  • He wrote on astronomy and on oneiromancy, for he was an expert expounder of dreams, and also on surveying and wine-making.

  • Oneiromancy is the algebra which enables us to perform rapidly complicated calculations in the mathematics of psychology.


    Andr Tridon

  • Oneiromancy, divination by dreams, is still credited by old women of both sexes.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician

    William Henry Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for oneiromancy


  1. rare divination by the interpretation of dreams
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Derived Formsoneiromancer, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek oneiros dream + -mancy
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Word Origin and History for oneiromancy


1650s; see oneiro- + -mancy. Cf. Greek oneiromantis "an interpreter of dreams." Related: oneiromantic.

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