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  1. divination with the help of ghosts
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Derived Formssciomancer, nounsciomantic, adjective

Word Origin for sciomancy

C17: via Latin from Greek skia ghost + -mancy
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Historical Examples of sciomancy

  • Or, if you be afraid of the dead, as commonly all cuckolds are, I will make use of the faculty of sciomancy.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.

    Francois Rabelais

Word Origin and History for sciomancy


"divination by ghostly communication," 1620s, from Modern Latin sciomantia, from scio-, Latinized comb. form of Greek skia "shade, shadow" (see shine (v.)) + Latinized form of Greek manteia (see -mancy).

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