Bibliomancy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bibliomancy A kind of divination, performed by selecting passages of Scripture at hazard, and drawing from them indications concerning future events.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random and being guided for the day by whatever verse they see first.
    • n bibliomancy A kind of divination performed by means of a book; specifically, divination by means of the Bible, consisting in selecting passages of Scripture at hazard and drawing from them indications concerning the future.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bibliomancy bib′li-ō-man-si divination by selecting passages of the Bible at hazard, and drawing from them indications concerning future events.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , book + -mancy,: cf. F. bibliomancie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. biblion, a book, manteia, divination.

Usage

In literature:

Gone were the botanizers, gone the bibliomants, gone the Deputy Harbour Masters.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, April 18, 1917" by Various
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