anthropomancy

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek ἄνθρωπος (ánthrōpos, man, mankind, human, humanity) + μαντεία (manteía, divination).

Noun[edit]

anthropomancy (uncountable)

  1. divination by the interpretation of human sacrificial entrails.

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  • "Antinopomancy, [sic] by the entrails of men, women and children..." -- Gaule The Magastromancer xix, 1652
    "By anthropomancy, practised by the Roman Emperor Heliogabalus. It is somewhat irksome, but thou wilt endure well enough, seeing thou art destined to be a cuckold." -- Works of Rabelais III. xxv, 1951
  • anthropomancy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • anthropomancy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • anthropomancy at OneLook Dictionary Search