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anthropomancy

English

Etymology

Greek anthropos, human being.

Noun

anthropomancy (also antinopomancy)

  1. divination by the interpretation of human sacrificial entrails.

References

"Antinopomancy, [sic] by the entrails of men, women and children..." -- Gaule The Magastromancer xix, 1652
"By anthropomancy, practised by the Roman Emperor Heliogabalus. It is somewhat irksome, but thou wilt endure well enough, seeing thou art destined to be a cuckold." -- Works of Rabelais III. xxv, 1951

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