Necromancy Nec"ro*man`cy, n. [OE. nigromaunce, nigromancie, OF. nigromance, F. n['e]cromance, n['e]cromancie, from L. necromantia, Gr. ?; nekro`s a dead body (akin to L. necare to kill, Skr. na[,c] to perish, vanish) + ? divination, fr. ? diviner, seer, akin to E. mania. See {Mania}, and cf. {Internecine}, {Noxious}. The old spelling is due to confusion with L. niger black. Hence the name black art.] The art of revealing future events by means of a pretended communication with the dead; the black art; hence, magic in general; conjuration; enchantment. See {Black art}. [1913 Webster]

This palace standeth in the air, By necromancy plac[`e]d there. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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