Catoptromancy
Catoptromancy Ca*top"tro*man`cy, n. [Gr. ? mirror + -mancy. See {Catopter}.] (Antiq.) A species of divination, which was performed by letting down a mirror into water, for a sick person to look at his face in it. If his countenance appeared distorted and ghastly, it was an ill omen; if fresh and healthy, it was favorable. [1913 Webster]

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  • catoptromancy — divination by means of a mirror, 1610s, from Gk. katoptron mirror (from kata against + stem of optos seen, visible ) + MANCY (Cf. mancy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Catoptromancy — Russian folk catoptromancy by Karl Briullov, 1836 Catoptromancy (Gk. katoptron, mirror, and manteia, divination), also known as captromancy or enoptromancy, is divination using a mirror. Pausanias, an ancient Greek traveler, described as follows …   Wikipedia

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  • catoptromancy — divination by examining mirror placed underwater Divination and Fortune Telling …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • catoptromancy — ca·top·tro·man·cy …   English syllables

  • catoptromancy — Divination based on how a face appears when viewed in a mirror underwater …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • catoptromancy — /kəˈtɒptrəmænsi/ (say kuh topruhmansee) noun divination by means of reflections in mirrors, looking glasses, etc. {New Latin catoptromantia, from Greek katoptron mirror + mancy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • catoptromancy — kəˌtäptrəˌman(t)sē noun ( es) Etymology: probably from French catoptromancie, from Greek katoptron mirror + French mancie mancy : divination by a mirror or by crystal gazing …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Divination — This article is about divination as a whole. For the numerous varieties of divination, see Methods of divination. For other uses, see Divination (disambiguation). This man in Rhumsiki, Cameroon, supposedly tells the future by interpreting the… …   Wikipedia

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