macharomancy

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek machaira, a "dagger".

Noun[edit]

macharomancy (uncountable)

  1. Divination by interpreting swords, daggers and knives. This was popular in Scotland where on July 31st it was performed to predict the deaths and marriages of the following year.
    • 1652 Gaule The Magastromancer xix.
      Macharomancy, by knives or swords...
    • 1973 Gibson Complete Illust. Bk Div. & Prophecy
      MACHAROMANCY: Use of swords, daggers, and knives as instruments of divination. Presumably of ancient origin.