grimoire

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Mostly thought to come from the Frankish word grima ("mask", "sorcerer") which is also the origin of the word "grimace". Another source could be the Italian word rimario ("book of rhymes") which eventually adopted a hard "g" as it moved to France. Either way, the word melded with the French word "grimaire" an old spelling of the word "grammaire" (grammar), Génin, as well as Littré, suggest "grammar" in the meaning of "study of Latin" and "profound and occult science."

Borrowing from French grimoire, from Old French gramaire, from Ancient Greek γραμματικός (grammatikós, knowing how to read and write). See also grammar, glamour.

Noun[edit]

grimoire (plural grimoires)

  1. A book of instructions in the use of magic or alchemy, especially summoning demons.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Mostly thought to come from the Frankish word grima ("mask", "sorcerer") which is also the origin of the word "grimace". Another source could be the Italian word rimario ("book of rhymes") which eventually adopted a hard "g" as it moved to France. Génin, as well as Littré, suggest, "grammar" in the meaning of "study of Latin" and "profound and occult science." Old French gramaire, from Ancient Greek γραμματικός (grammatikós, knowing how to read and write).

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grimoire f (plural grimoires)

  1. grimoire

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