Definition of necromancy in English:


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  • 1The supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.

    ‘alchemy, necromancy, and other magic practices’
    • ‘Because necromancy has been practiced in many cultures, it includes a variety of techniques.’
    • ‘Some theurgical workings will incorporate elements of thaumaturgy, and divination may include necromancy while today's alchemist may bring in elements of all the other forms.’
    • ‘I tried explaining why she shouldn't talk about or practice necromancy.’
    • ‘Is dealing with dead people always necromancy?’
    • ‘Not satisfied with the limitations of human knowledge and power, he begins to practice necromancy.’
    • ‘Never mind that this was originally a pagan festival; the taint of necromancy (communing with the dead) has been overpowered by a commercialised confectionery fest.’
    • ‘Avelacuna died as the final syllable was uttered, and no explanation could be gotten from her, for elves did not practice the dark art of necromancy, the act of returning the soul to the body, if only for a little time.’
    • ‘Your powers of necromancy would indeed be powerful - he's been dead years.’
    • ‘He passed his son through fire, practiced astrology and read omens, and performed necromancy and conjured spirits.’
    • ‘In my kingdom, necromancy, magic related with resurrection and death, was illegal.’
    • ‘The woman was dead, a walking, talking pale corpse seemingly brought back to life by the omnipotent mystical forces of necromancy.’
    • ‘It will tell you everything that you will need to know about necromancy and Death.’
    • ‘Every god gave different main abilities; Edea gave mastery of the white fire, Death gave mastery of necromancy, Pyro gave mastery of fire, etcetera.’
    • ‘First, Saul had zealously enforced Torah's prohibition against necromancy as king of Israel, yet he is now so desperate for guidance that he consults a medium - one who is a criminal by his own laws.’
    • ‘Those who were born with or took upon themselves the burden of necromancy were often looked upon favorably by all four Goddesses, except, of course, the Goddess of Light.’
    • ‘Your grandmother taught you necromancy, right?’
    1. 1.1Sorcery or black magic in general.
      ‘There is the obvious addition of the black magics that come with allowing necromancy into your blood; this magic varies from necromancer to necromancer, but most have a few magical traits in common.’
      • ‘But this magic has a tendency to turn to necromancy when computers break down.’
      • ‘The so-called science of poll-taking is not a science at all, but mere necromancy.’
      magic, black magic, the black arts, witchcraft, wizardry, the occult, occultism, enchantment, spell, incantation, necromancy, divination, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, witching, medicine, shamanism
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/ˈnekrəˌmansē/ /ˈnɛkrəˌmænsi/


Middle English nigromancie, via Old French from medieval Latin nigromantia, changed (by association with Latin niger, nigr- ‘black’) from late Latin necromantia, from Greek(see necro-, -mancy). The spelling was changed in the 16th century to conform with the late Latin form.