mantic

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek μαντικός (mantikós), from μάντις (mántis, seer, soothsayer), from μαίνομαι (maínomai, I am mad, raving).

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mantic (comparative more mantic, superlative most mantic)

  1. Relating to divination; prophetic.
    • 1921, Sir William Osler, The Evolution of Modern Medicine:
      [H]e casts his horoscope secundum artem, then, taking a branch of tamarisk, a favorite tree from which to get the divining rod, he names some twenty-nine or thirty mantic arts, from pyromancy to necromancy, by which he offers to predict his future.

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