Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Palmistry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Divination performed by examining the lines in the palms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or practice of foretelling events, or of telling the fortunes or the disposition of persons by inspecting the hand; palmistry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Divination by the hand; the art or practice of attempting to foretell the future of a person by inspecting the lines and lineaments of his hand; palmistry practised with reference to the future; also, palmistry in general.
  • n. Synonyms Chiromancy, Chirognomy. See chirognomy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand

Etymologies

From chiro- ("hand") + -mancy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If, however, the observation regards the dispositions, that occur to the eye, of figures in certain bodies, there will be another species of divination: for the divination that is taken from observing the lines of the hand is called "chiromancy," i.e. divination of the hand

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • I have brought the party hither, that you may use palmistry, or chiromancy if such is your pleasure.

    Quentin Durward

  • Other signs there are taken from physiognomy, metoposcopy, chiromancy, which because Joh. de Indagine, and Rotman, the landgrave of Hesse his mathematician, not long since in his

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Sir T. Browne treats of chiromancy, or the art of telling fortunes by means of lines in the hands, in his “Vulgar Errors,” lib.v. cap.

    Religio Medici

  • Aristotle, I confess, in his acute and singular book of physiognomy, hath made no mention of chiromancy: 80 yet I believe the

    Religio Medici

  • Interested in chiromancy? she said, noting Clarys gaze.

    The Mortal Instruments: Book One: City of Bones

  • On their right was the tent of the Master of the Mountain, that world-famous fortune-teller by crystals and chiromancy; a rich purple tent, all over which were traced, in black and gold, the sprawling outlines of Asiatic gods waving any number of arms like octopods.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • EVERYBODY has heard of the Cave of St. Cyprian at Salamanca, where in old times judicial astronomy, necromancy, chiromancy, and other dark and damnable arts were secretly taught by an ancient sacristan; or, as some will have it, by the devil himself, in that disguise.

    The Alhambra

  • You know how by the arts of astrology, geomancy, chiromancy, metopomancy, and others of a like stuff and nature, he foretelleth all things to come; let us talk a little, and confer with him about your business.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • At one time, as a young woman in Brooklyn, she had been a serious student of chiromancy, but over the years, like those literary critics who are forced to read so many books that they begin to read hurriedly, superficially and with buried resentment, she had become disengaged.

    Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

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