124. Divination


See also 24. ASTROLOGY ; 174. FUTURE ; 252. MAGIC .

aeromancy
1 . the art or science of divination by means of the air or winds.
2 . Humorous. weather forecasting. Cf. austromancy .
alectoromancy, alectryomancy
a form of divination by recording the letters revealed as a cock eats kernels of corn that cover them.
aleuromancy
an old form of divination using meal or flour. — aleuromantic , adj.
alomancy
halomancy.
alphitomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of barley.
ambulomancy
a form of divination involving walking, usually in circles. Cf. gyromancy .
amniomancy
a form of divination by examining the embryonic sac or amniotic fluid.
anthracomancy
the art of divination through the study of burning coals. — anthracomantic , adj.
anthropomancy
a form of divination using the entrails of dead men. — anthropomantist , n . — anthropomantic , adj.
arithmancy
numerology.
armomancy
a form of divination involving the shoulders of animals. Cf. spatulamancy .
aspidomancy
a form of divination involving examination of a shield.
astragalomancy
a form of divination involving dice or knuckle-bones, in which letters are marked on the faces of the dice and the future is foretold from the words formed as the dice fall. Also called cleromancy .
astrology
a form of divination involving the relative positions of heavenly bodies. Also called genethlialogy, genethliacs .
astromancy
divination by observation of the stars. Also called sideromancy .
augury
1 . the art of f oretelling the future by means of signs, originally by the flight of birds; divination.
2 . an omen or portent from which the future is foretold. — augur , n. augurial , adj. augurous , adj.
austromancy
divination by observing the winds, especially the south wind. Cf. aeromancy .
axinomancy
a form of divination involving the use of an axhead. — axinomantic , adj.
belomancy
divination in which marks or words are placed on arrows which are then drawn from a quiver at random.
bibliomancy
a form of divination using books or the Bible in which passages are chosen at random and the future foretold from them.
botanomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of plants.
capnomancy
a form of divination involving smoke.
cartomancy
a form of divination involving playing cards.
catoptromancy
a form of divination involving a crystal ball or mirrors.
cephalomancy
a form of divination involving the head.
ceraunomancy
a form of divination involving thunder or thunderbolts.
ceromancy
a form of divination involving dropping melted wax into water.
chalcomancy
a form of divination involving brass vessels.
chaomancy
a form of divination involving aerial visions.
chiromancy, cheiromancy
palmistry.
chronomancy
a divination to determine the precise time for action.
cleidomancy, clidomancy
a form of divination involving a key or keys.
cleromancy
astragalomancy.
coscinomancy
a form of divination involving a sieve and shears. — coscinomantic , adj.
crithomancy
a form of divination involving the strewing of grain over the bodies of sacrificed animals. — crithomantic , adj.
crystallomancy
a form of divination involving crystal-gazing.
cubomancy
Rare. a form of divination involving thrown dice. — cubomantic , adj.
dactyliomancy
a form of divination involving finger rings.
demonomancy
a form of divination involving a demon or demons.
empyromancy
a form of divination involving a fire and smoke.
enoptromancy
a form of divination involving a mirror and its reflections.
extispicy
haruspicy. — extispex , n. extispicious , adj.
gastromancy
1 . a form of divination involving listening to stomach sounds.
2 . a form of divination by gazing into a crystal ball or a glass full of water. Cf. crystallomancy . Also called crystal-gazing . — gastromantic , adj.
geloscopy, gelotoscopy
a form of divination that determines a person’s character or future from the way he laughs.
genethlialogy, genethliacs
astrology.
geomancy
a form of divination that analyzes the pattern of a handful of earth thrown down at random or of dots made at random on paper. — geomancer , n .
graphology
1 . a form of divination involving analysis of handwriting. Also graptomancy .
2 . a technique of personality analysis involving the examination of handwriting.
graptomancy
graphology def. 1.
gyromancy
a form of divination involving walking in a circle. Cf. ambulomancy .
halomancy
a form of divination involving the use of salt. Also called alomancy .
hariolation
the act or art of prognostication or divination; soothsaying.
haruspicy, haruspication
a form of divination from lightning and other natural phenomena, but especially from inspection of the entrails of animal sacrifices. Also called extispicy . — haruspex , n. haruspical , adj.
hematomancy, haematomancy
divination by means of blood.
hieromancy
a form of divination involving sacrificial remains or sacred objects. Also called hieroscopy .
hippomancy
a form of divination involving the observation of horses, especially by listening to their neighing.
horoscopy
1 . the art of casting horoscopes or divinations based upon the relative positions of heavenly bodies.
2 . the position of the sun and stars at the time of a person’s birth. — horoscoper, horoscopist , n .
hydromancy
a form of divination involving observations of water or of other liquids.
ichnomancy
the analysis of the personality and appearance of people by studying their footprints. — ichnomantic , adj.
ichthyomancy
a form of divination involving the head or entrails of fishes.
idolomancy
a form of divination involving idols.
lampadomancy
a form of divination involving observation of the flame of a torch or lamp. Cf. lychnomancy .
lecanomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of water in a basin.
lithomancy
a form of divination involving rocks or stones.
logarithmomancy
a form of divination involving logarithms.
logomancy
a form of divination involving the observation of words and discourse.
lychnomancy
a form of divination involving lamps. Cf. lampadomancy .
manticism
the art of divination and prophecy. — mantic , adj.
mantology
Obsolete, the art of fortune-telling. — mantologist , n .
margaritomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of pearls.
meteoromancy
a form of divination involving the observation of meteors.
metopomancy
Rare. a form of divination involving examination of facial features.
molybdomancy
Rare. a form of divination by studying the motion of molten lead.
moromancy
a form of divination that is flawed or foolish.
myomancy
a form of divination through observation of the movements of mice.
necromancy
1 . the magic practiced by a witch or sorcerer.
2 . a form of divination through communication with the dead. Also called nigromancy . — necromancer, necromant, nigromancien , n . — necromantie , adj.
nephelognosy
divination by the observation of clouds.
nomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of letters, possibly from a graphological point of view. Cf. onomancy .
numerology
a form of divination involving numbers. Also called arithmancy .
oenomancy, oinomancy
a form of divination involving observation of the colors and other features of wine.
omoplatoscopy
a form of divination involving the examination of shoulder blades. Cf. armomancy, scapulomancy, spatulamancy .
omphalomancy
a form of divination in which the number of knots in a new-born’s umbilical cord are counted to foretell the number of children the mother will have later.
oneiromancy
a form of divination involving dreams. — oneiromancer , n.
onomancy, onomomancy
a form of divination involving the letters of a name. Cf. nomancy .
onychomancy
a form of divination involving examination of the fingernails.
oomancy
a form of divination involving eggs.
ophiomancy
a form of divination involving snakes.
ornithomancy, ornithoscopy
a form of divination involving the observation of birds, especially in flight.
osteomancy, osteomanty
divination by the examination of bones. — osteomantic , adj .
palmistry
a form of divination involving analysis of the appearance of the hand, especially of its various lines. Also called chiromancy, cheiromancy .
pedomancy
a form of divination involving the study of the soles of the feet. Also called podomancy .
pegomancy
a form of divination by studying springs or fountains. — pegomantic , adj.
pessomancy
a form of divination involving pebbles. Also called psephology, psephomancy .
phyllomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of leaves.
podomancy
pedomancy.
psephology
pessomancy.
psephomancy
1 . pessomancy
2 . a form of divination involving the study of marks made on pebbles which are drawn at random from a container.
pseudomancy
a form of divination that is deliberately false or misleading.
psychomancy
a form of divination involving communication with the spirits of the dead.
pyromancy
a form of divination involving fire or flames.
pythonism
a form of divination in the manner of Pythia, the Delphic priestess.
rhabdomancy
a form of divination involving a rod or wand, especially to locate objects or materials beneath the ground, as water or precious metals; dowsing.
rhapsodomancy
a form of divination involving verses.
scapulomancy
a form of divination in which a shoulder blade is heated in a fire and the resulting cracks in the bone are consulted for omens. Cf. armomancy, omoplatoscopy, spatulamancy . — scapulomantic , adj.
scatomancy
a form of divination by examination of excrement.
schematomancy
divination of a person’s future from observation of physical appearance.
sciomancy
a form of divination through communication with the spirits of the dead. — sciomantic , adj.
scyphomancy
a form of divination involving the use of a cup.
selenomancy
a form of divination involving observation of the moon.
sibyl
Ancient Greece and Rome. a woman with oracular or prophetic powers, the most celebrated being that of Cumae. — sibyllic , — sibylic, sibylline , adj.
sibyllist
1 . a believer in or follower of the sibyls.
2 . a believer in their prophecies.
sideromancy
1 . astrom ancy.
2 . a form of divination involving observation of the sparks, shapes formed, etc., when straws are burnt against a red-hot iron.
sortilege
a form of divination involving drawing lots.
spasmatomancy
a form of divination used to foretell disease by observing spasms or twitching of the potential sufferer’s body.
spatilomancy, spatalamancy
a form of divination involving the examination of animal feces.
spatulamancy
a form of divination by means of an animal’s shoulder blade. Cf. armomancy, omoplatoscopy, scapuloniancy . — spatulamantic , adj.
spodomancy
a form of divination through the uses of ashes. — spodomantic , adj.
sternomancy
a form of divination involving examination of the breastbone.
stichomancy
a form of divination involving lines of poetry or passages from books.
stignomancy
a form of divination involving the examination of writing on or carving in the bark of a tree.
sycomancy
a form of divination involving figs or fig leaves.
telegnosis
clairvoyance or other occult or supernatural knowledge.
tephramancy, tephromancy
a form of divination involving the examination of the ashes remaining af ter a sacrifice.
theomancy
a form of divination involving the responses of oracles or other soothsayers.
theriomancy
1 . a form of divination involving wild beasts.
2 . a form of divination based upon observation of the movements of animals. Cf. zoomancy .
tyromancy
a form of divination involving observation of cheese, especially as it coagulates.
uromancy
Rare. a form of divination by studying urine. — uromantic , adj.
xylomancy
a form of divination involving pieces of wood.
zoomancy
a form of divination based upon the observation of animals or their movements under certain circumstances. Cf. theriomancy .

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