from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future.
- n. Black magic; sorcery.
- n. Magic qualities.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Divination involving the dead or death.
- n. Loosely, any sorcery or witchcraft, especially involving death or the dead, particularly sorcery involving raising or reanimating the dead.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Divination by calling up the spirits of the dead and conversing with them; the pretended summoning of apparitions of the dead in order that they may answer questions.
- n. The art of magic in general; enchantment; conjuration; the black art.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
- n. conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
Alteration of Middle English nigromancie, from Old French nigremancie, from Medieval Latin nigromantia, alteration (influenced by Latin niger, black) of Late Latin necromantia, from Greek nekromanteia : nekros, corpse; + manteia, divination; see -mancy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek νεκρομαντεία (nekromanteia), νεκρός (nekros, "dead") + μαντεία (manteia, "divination"). (Wiktionary)