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necromancy


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The supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future. The word comes from Middle English nigromancie, via Old French from medieval Latin nigromantia, changed (by association with Latin niger ‘black’) from late Latin necromantia, where the first element represented Greek nekros ‘corpse’.

The translator Philemon Holland (1552–1637) gave the name Necromancy to that part of the Odyssey (book 6) which describes Odysseus' visit to Hades.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.


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