necromantic

necromancy

[nek-ruh-man-see]
noun
1.
a method of divination through alleged communication with the dead; black art.
2.
magic in general, especially that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; sorcery; witchcraft; conjuration.

Origin:
1250–1300; necro- + -mancy; replacing Middle English nigromancie < Medieval Latin nigromantīa for Late Latin necromantīa < Greek nekromanteía; by folk etymology nigro- (combining form of Latin niger black) was substituted in ML for original necro-

necromancer, noun
necromantic; Obsolete, necromantical, adjective
necromantically, adverb


2. See magic.
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necromancy (ˈnɛkrəʊˌmænsɪ)
 
n
1.  the art or practice of supposedly conjuring up the dead, esp in order to obtain from them knowledge of the future
2.  black magic; sorcery
 
[C13: (as in sense 1) ultimately from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros corpse; (as in sense 2) from Medieval Latin nigromantia, from Latin niger black, which replaced necro- through folk etymology]
 
'necromancer
 
n
 
necro'mantic
 
adj

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necromancy
c.1300, "divination by communication with the dead," from O.Fr. nygromancie, from M.L. nigromantia (1212), from L. necromantia "divination from an exhumed corpse," from Gk. nekromanteia, from nekros "dead body" (see necro-) + manteia "divination, oracle," from manteuesthai
"to prophesy," from mantis "prophet" (see mania). Spelling infl. in M.L. by niger "black," on notion of "black arts." Modern spelling is c.1550 from attempts to correct M.E. nygromauncy.
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