rhapsodomancy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ῥαψῳδός (rhapsōidós) +‎ -mancy.

Noun[edit]

rhapsodomancy (uncountable)

  1. Divination by reading a random passage from a poem.
    • "Rhapsodomantia sive divinatio ex rhapsodia aliqva poëtæ" -- Bibliographia Antiquaria xii, Fabricii, 1713
    • "Rhapsodomancy: A form of divination, based on a line in a sacred book or book of poetry which strikes the eye when the book is opened, or which is the last line to be pierced by a needle stuck through the closed book." -- Dict. Mysticism, Gaynor (ed.), 1953

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