black art

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Black art \Black" art`\
   The art practiced by conjurers and witches; necromancy;
   conjuration; magic.
   [1913 Webster]

   Note: This name was given in the Middle Ages to necromancy,
         under the idea that the latter term was derived from
         niger black, instead of nekro`s, a dead person, and
         mantei`a, divination. --Wright.
         [1913 Webster]
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