-mancy Also -mantic and -mancer.
[Greek manteia, divination.]
Though many words exist in this ending, most are rare; among common ones are geomancy and necromancy. For details, and more commonly encountered ones, Some have corresponding adjectives in -mantic (geomantic, necromantic) and a few have related forms in -manter for a person who practices divination in that way (cartomancer, necromancer).
Some words seem to include this ending through an accident of spelling: adamancy, dormancy, and others contain -cy but not -mancy.
Examples of words in -mancy
Word origins are from Greek.
|aeromancy||prediction by observing weather conditions||aēr, air|
|arithmancy||divination using numbers, especially by counting the number values of letters in names||arithmos, number|
|bibliomancy||telling the future by interpreting a randomly chosen passage from a book, especially the Bible||biblion, book|
|cartomancy||fortune telling by interpreting a random selection of playing cards||French carte, card|
|chiromancy||the prediction of a person's future from the lines on the palms of their hands; palmistry||kheir, hand|
|geomancy||divination from the configuration of a handful of earth or random dots||gē, earth|
|hydromancy||foretelling the future using a reflective object or surface, such as that of water in a bowl; scrying||hudōr, water|
|necromancy||communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future; more generally, witchcraft, sorcery, or black magic||nekros, corpse|
|oneiromancy||the interpretation of dreams in order to foretell the future||oneiros, dream|
|pyromancy||divination by fire or by forms appearing in fire||pur, fire|