necromancy


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Necromancy \Nec"ro*man`cy\, n. [OE. nigromaunce, nigromancie,
   OF. nigromance, F. n['e]cromance, n['e]cromancie, from L.
   necromantia, Gr. ?; nekro`s a dead body (akin to L. necare to
   kill, Skr. na[,c] to perish, vanish) + ? divination, fr. ?
   diviner, seer, akin to E. mania. See Mania, and cf.
   Internecine, Noxious. The old spelling is due to
   confusion with L. niger black. Hence the name black art.]
   The art of revealing future events by means of a pretended
   communication with the dead; the black art; hence, magic in
   general; conjuration; enchantment. See Black art.
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         This palace standeth in the air,
         By necromancy plac[`e]d there.           --Drayton.
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