Origin of palmistryaltered (by associated, association with palm) from Middle English paumestrie, probably contr. from paume, palm + maistrie, mastery
divination of a person's character or fortune by interpreting the lines and marks on that person's palm
The practice or art of telling fortunes from the lines, marks, and patterns on the palms of the hands.
Origin of palmistryMiddle English palmestrie from palme, paume palm ; see palm 1.
(usually uncountable, plural palmistries)
From Middle English palmestrie, from Latin.
- Although palmistry, like astrology, numerology, and many other predictive crafts are mostly regarded as pseudosciences and even complete shams by the academic community, these ancient arts still hold a following.
- Free palm readings can offer beginners an excellent opportunity to explore the world of palmistry while developing a relationship with their new chiromancy counselor.
- Perhaps, as you explore the world of palmistry and you practice on yourself or your friends, you will discover that you too have the gift of psychic interpretation.
- At the present day palmistry is practised in nearly all parts of China.
- Beamish, The Psychonomy of the Hand (1865); Frith and Allen, The Science of Palmistry (1883); Cotton, Palmistry and its practical uses (1890).