from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Divination by interpreting sacred objects, often used in sacrificial offerings. Similar to aruspicy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Divination by observing the objects offered in sacrifice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Divination by observing the objects offered in sacrifice.


hiero- + -mancy (Wiktionary)


  • So while I happen to find myself in Rome, I'm not going to be hanging out at the Temple of Jupiter … but I'm also not going to be out in the streets, screaming that hieromancy is wrong and must be stopped.

  • One who rails daily against hieromancy is likely to lose his own guts in the process.

  • Other sets of synonyms include, in addition to the aforementioned haruspicy and haruspication: caloptromancy and enoptromancy; spodomancy and tephramancy (or tephromancy); alectryomancy and alectoromancy; astromancy and sideromancy; crystallomancy and gastromancy; hieromancy and hieroscopy; necromancy and sciomancy; ornithomancy and orniscopy; and scapulimancy and omoplatoscopy.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VI No 2


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