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Middle English:


From the Anglo-Norman nigremancie and the Middle French nigromancie, alterations of nigromance, after the Late Latin nigromantia, an alteration of the Classical Latin necromantīa, by association with niger (black) (compare black art).



nigromancy (plural nigromancies)

  1. (now historical or Caribbean) Necromancy; magic involving death. [from 14th c.]
    • 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.