Necromancer is a fancy word for a magician. A necromancer might mix up a love potion or cast a spell on your mortal enemy.

You can use the noun necromancer when you talk about a sorcerer of any kind, but it most often refers to someone who can communicate with the dead. Your cousin who has good luck contacting spirits through her Ouija board might be an aspiring necromancer. For many people, the word has a dark, scary connotation, or a connection with black magic. The Greek word at the root of necromancer is nekromanteia, which joins nekros , "dead body," with manteia, "divination."

Definitions of necromancer

n one who practices magic or sorcery

magician, sorcerer, thaumaturge, thaumaturgist, wizard
Count Alessandro di Cagliostro
Italian who was famous as a magician and alchemist (1743-1795)
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a sorcerer or magician
exorciser, exorcist
someone who practices exorcism
a magician or sorcerer of ancient times
a woman sorcerer
witch doctor
someone who is believed to heal through magical powers
(Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
conjure man, conjurer, conjuror
a witch doctor who practices conjury
Type of:
a believer in occultism; someone versed in the occult arts

n one who practices divination by conjuring up the dead

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someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers

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