nigromancy

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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).

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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.