Definition of necromancy in English:



mass noun
  • 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.’
    • ‘He passed his son through fire, practiced astrology and read omens, and performed necromancy and conjured spirits.’
    • ‘Your powers of necromancy would indeed be powerful - he's been dead years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not satisfied with the limitations of human knowledge and power, he begins to practice necromancy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is dealing with dead people always necromancy?’
    • ‘Your grandmother taught you necromancy, right?’
    • ‘I tried explaining why she shouldn't talk about or practice necromancy.’
    • ‘The woman was dead, a walking, talking pale corpse seemingly brought back to life by the omnipotent mystical forces of necromancy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will tell you everything that you will need to know about necromancy and Death.’
    • ‘In my kingdom, necromancy, magic related with resurrection and death, was illegal.’
    1. 1.1 Sorcery 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.’
      • ‘The so-called science of poll-taking is not a science at all, but mere necromancy.’
      • ‘But this magic has a tendency to turn to necromancy when computers break down.’
      magic, black magic, the black arts, witchcraft, wizardry, the occult, occultism, enchantment, spell, incantation, divination, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, witching, medicine, shamanism
      sorcery, magic, black magic, the black arts, witchcraft, wizardry, the occult, occultism, enchantment, divination, demonology, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, witchery, witching
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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.