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Nécromancy. n.s. [νεκρὸς and μάντις; necromance, Fr.]

  1. The art of revealing future events, by communication with the dead.

    The resurrection of Samuel is nothing, but delusion in the practice of necromancy and popular conception of ghosts. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. i.

  2. Enchantment; conjuration.

    He did it partly by necromancy, wherein he was much skilled. Abbot's Description of the World.

    This palace standeth in the air,
    By necromancy placed there,
    That it no tempests needs to fear.
    Drayt. Nym.

Sources: Abbot, George (11) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Drayton, Michael (7)

Attributes: French (385) · Greek (126) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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