necromancy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n necromancy conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
    • n necromancy the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Necromancy 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. "This palace standeth in the air,
      By necromancy placèd there."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n necromancy Divination by calling up the spirits of the dead and conversing with them; the pretended summoning of apparitions of the dead in order that they may answer questions.
    • n necromancy The art of magic in general; enchantment; conjuration; the black art.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Necromancy the art of revealing future events by calling up and questioning the spirits of the dead: enchantment
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nigromaunce, nigromancie, OF. nigromance, F. nécromance, nécromancie, from L. necromantia, Gr. ; nekro`s a dead body (akin to L. necare, to kill, Skr. naç, 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,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. nekros, dead.

Usage

In literature:

The impostor was renowned for his wonderful tricks of legerdemain, as well as for cures, necromancy, and fortune-telling.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
KATE CLARENDON; OR, NECROMANCY IN THE WILDERNESS.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
He could define the distinctions between necromancy, sorcery, and magic.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Necromancy, its connexion with alchymy, i.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
McFarlane seemed quite unconscious of any necromancy at work upon his daughter.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
There are few signs of dependence on necromancy in China, India, Persia, and Rome.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
There was necromancy in the air.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
There was one peculiar species of necromancy which was held in great dread.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
But he did not expect to find, as if by the power of necromancy, that a vast continent should rise up before his eyes.
"Incentives to the Study of the Ancient Period of American History" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
No explanation availed for the necromancy of the library.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
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In poetry:

Why go to Saint-Juliot? What's Juliot to me?
I've been but made fancy
By some necromancy
That much of my life claims the spot as its key.
"A Dream Or No" by Thomas Hardy
Come, oh, come and partake
Of necromance banquets of Beauty; and slake
Thy thirst in the waters of Art,
That are drawn from the streams
Of love and of dreams.
"Hymn To Spiritual Desire" by Madison Julius Cawein
That summer! how it built us there
A world of love and necromance!
A spirit-world, where all was fair;
An island, sleeping in a trance
Of lilied light and air.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Were't not a shame, were't not a shame I say,
That in this sorry Brotherhood of Clay
No Necromance the Philtre can distil
To keep Mosquitoes, Death and Bores away?
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Memory need not improve
On your truth with necromancy
Of a fond heart, as if love
Ever traded fact for fancy.
Daylight lends sufficient glow
As you leave yet do not go.
"Love’s Realism" by Vassar Miller
The river, too, that he winds as a magic circle round the wealth
He has here engendered, has the glide of a serpent lost in trance;
And scents of clove and cinnamon that sip cool from it, in stealth
Pour it upon the air like necromance.
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Pestilence, witches, necromancy — " Black Death " should be more fun than it is.
Greek and Roman Necromancy by Daniel Ogden Princeton University Press, 313 pp.
Pestilence, witches, necromancy — "Black Death" should be more fun than it is.
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