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cleidomancy

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Etymology

Ancient Greek kleis, "a key".

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Noun

Singular
cleidomancy

Plural
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cleidomancy (-)
  1. Divination by use of a suspended key as a pendulum. A form of radiesthesia.

Quotations

  • 1713 Fabricii Bibliographia Antiquaria xii.
    Clidomantia, qvando clavi inscribitur nomen furis.
  • 1931 Lock tr. de Givry Picture Museum of Sorcery
    Cleidomancy was performed with a key suspended from a thread from the nail of a young virgin's third finger, this verse from the Psalms being repeated meanwhile: "Exurge, Domine, adjuva nos, et redime nos propter nomen sanctum tuum." The key would revolve if the thing asked could be affirmed.

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