causimomancy

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek kausimos, "fit for burning", from kausis, "burning heat".

Noun[edit]

causimomancy (uncountable)

  1. Divination by studying the behaviour of objects placed in a fire. Related to empyromancy and pyromancy.
    • 1920 L. Spence Encyc. Occult
      Causimomancy: Divination by fire. It is a happy presage when combustible objects cast into the fire do not burn.
    • 1973 L. Watson Supernature ix.
      Precoginition means "knowing in advance," and systems of knowing cover just about every possible source of variation. They include..causimomancy (the study of objects placed in the fire)... None of these need be taken seriously...