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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-mancy Also -mantic and -mancer.

Divination.

[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 , 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

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