- in some occult and religious beliefs, divination by means of communication with the spirits of deceased persons
- black magic; sorcery
Origin of necromancyMiddle English nigromancie ; from Old French nigromance ; from Medieval Latin nigromantia (altered by associated, association with Classical Latin niger, black) ; from Classical Latin necromantia ; from Classical Greek nekromanteia ; from nekros, corpse (see necro-) + manteia, divination: see -mancy
- The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future.
- Black magic; sorcery.
- Magic qualities.
Origin of necromancyAlteration of Middle English nigromancie, from Old French nigremancie, from Medieval Latin nigromantia, alteration (influenced by Latin niger, black) of Late Latin necromant&imacron;a, from Greek nekromanteia : nekros, corpse; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots + -manteia, -mancy.
(countable and uncountable, plural necromancies)
From Ancient Greek Î½ÎµÎºÏÎ¿Î¼Î±Î½Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î± (nekromanteia), Î½ÎµÎºÏÏŒÏ‚ (nekros, “dead") + Î¼Î±Î½Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î± (manteia, “divination").