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From Middle English nigromauncy, from Old French nigromancie, nigremance, from Late Latin nigromantia, a blend of niger (black) and necromantīa (necromancy). Compare black art.



nigromancy (plural nigromancies)

  1. (now historical or Caribbean) Necromancy; magic involving death. [from 14th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, I.22:
      But ah! celestial enchantress! the negromancy of thy tyrannical charms hath fettered my faculties with adamantine chains [] .
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      "I hope thou wilt bring with thee Rebecca, even the scholar of the wise Miriam, whose cures the Gentiles slandered as if they had been wrought by nigromancy."
    • 1999, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, translating Paracelsus, Astronomia Magna, in Essential Readings, North Atlantic Books 1999, p. 126:
      Whoever can deal with these mortal spirits and command them to do his business is proficient in the second species of nigromancy.