- 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 necromantīa 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").