American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Divination by the observation of water.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Divination by some use or from some phenomenon of water.
- n. Divination by water or other liquid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Divination by means of water, -- practiced by the ancients.
- n. divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
- From French hydromancie or Late Latin hydromantia, from Ancient Greek *ὑδρομαντεία (hydromanteia); corresponding to hydro- + -mancy. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ydromancy, from Old French ydromancie, from Latin hydromantīa, from Greek hudromanteia : hudro-, hydro- + manteia, -mancy; see -mancy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Have you a mind, quoth Herr Trippa, to have the truth of the matter yet more fully and amply disclosed unto you by pyromancy, by aeromancy, whereof Aristophanes in his Clouds maketh great estimation, by hydromancy, by lecanomancy, of old in prime request amongst the Assyrians, and thoroughly tried by Hermolaus”
“If these signs appear in some earthly body such as wood, iron or polished stone, it is called "geomancy," if in water "hydromancy," if in the air "aeromancy," if in fire”
“Others include 'geomancy' (seeing into the future by throwing earth on the ground and interpreting the resulting lines and shapes); 'hydromancy' (studying the patterns and movement of water); and 'pyromancy' (studying the shapes and patterns of flames and fires).”
“Have you a mind, quoth Herr Trippa, to have the truth of the matter yet more fully and amply disclosed unto you by pyromancy, by aeromancy, whereof Aristophanes in his Clouds maketh great estimation, by hydromancy, by lecanomancy, of old in prime request amongst the Assyrians, and thoroughly tried by”
“And at one side of the emperor’s table sit many philosophers that be proved for wise men in many diverse sciences, as of astronomy, necromancy, geomancy, pyromancy, hydromancy, of augury and of many other sciences.”
“A like use of the suspended ring, indicating the early acquaintance of practitioners in these arts with one of the alleged evidences of the so-called _odylic_ force, is thus described by Peucer among various modes of hydromancy: "A bowl was filled with water, and a ring suspended from the finger was librated in the water; and so, according as the question was propounded, a declaration or confirmation of its truth, or otherwise, was obtained.”
“So one wrote: '_There is neither crystallomancy nor hydromancy, but the magick is in the Seer himself. _”
“Sabellicus, a second Faustus, the spring and centre of necromantic art, an astrologer, a magician, consummate in chiromancy, and in agromancy, pyromancy and hydromancy inferior to none that ever lived. ”
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