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psychomancy (noun) – A form of divination involving communication with the spirits of the dead.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Psychomancy is a less common euphemistic synonym of the far more sinister necromancy. The first element, psycho-, familiar from English psychiatry and psychology, is a combining form from the Greek noun ps?ch? ?breath, soul, spirit, ghost.? Ps?ch? is also the name of a butterfly, which inspired the English poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) to write a short poem, ?Psyche,? about the double meaning ?soul? and ?butterfly.? The element -mancy ultimately derives from Greek mante?a ?divination,? a derivative of m?ntis ?diviner, soothsayer, prophet,? and also ?praying mantis (the predatory insect).? Psychomancy entered English in the 16th century.

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