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[kahy-ruh-man-see] /ˈkaɪ rəˌmæn si/
Origin of chiromancy
1520-30; chiro- + -mancy
Related forms
chiromancer, noun
chiromantic, chiromantical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chiromancy
Historical Examples
  • I have brought the party hither, that you may use palmistry, or chiromancy if such is your pleasure.

    Quentin Durward Sir Walter Scott
  • Elsie was cross at some of the things she said, for she firmly believes in chiromancy.

    Cicely and Other Stories Annie Fellows Johnston
  • In this study, as in that of graphology and chiromancy, a deductive power of mind is required.

  • chiromancy is a most dangerous science, and one that ought not to be encouraged, except in a 'tte--tte.'

  • I used to dabble in phrenology and chiromancy, and such things, when I was young,' he said.

    Cicely and Other Stories Annie Fellows Johnston
  • This decree of chiromancy frightened considerably both Bertha and the maid.

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
  • It was chiromancy and face-reading that I learnt at the age of nine.

    Princes and Poisoners Frantz Funck-Brentano
  • Such, for example, are the hands of Fanny Janauschek, the lines of which agree to perfection with the laws of chiromancy.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • And, of course, they believed in astrology and in chiromancy, the latter of which has again come into fashion.

    London Walter Besant
  • He wrote extensively on philosophy, mathematics, and medicine, and also on chiromancy.

British Dictionary definitions for chiromancy


another word for palmistry
Derived Forms
chiromancer, noun
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Contemporary definitions for chiromancy
noun's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for chiromancy

"divination by the hand, palmistry," 1520s, from French chiromancie (14c.), from Medieval Latin chiromantia, from Late Greek kheiromanteia, from kheiro-, comb. form of kheir "hand" (see chiro-) + -mantia (see -mancy). Related: Chiromancer; chiromantic.

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