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Words for “Wizard”

‘I prefer the term “wizard”. “Sorcerer” always makes me think of, you know, silk robes and astrological symbols, gaudy jewellery, smoke and mirrors and all that gubbins. A wizard is more of your get-down-to-it, get-on-with-it, no-nonsense magic worker. We may not have the best dress-sense in the world, but if you want results, you’ll get them from a wizard.’

The Fantasy Reader, p. 179

But there are many other words for ‘magic-worker’, in all its varied meanings. Here are just a few:

And here are a few ‘-mancer’ types for good measure:

necromancer
Tells the future by consulting the spirits of the dead.
geomancer
Tells the future by reading marks on the ground, or from the shapes formed by thrown soil, stones, sand, etc.
hydromancer
Tells the future by dropping pebbles into a pool and reading the ripples.
aeromancer
Tells the future by consulting the winds and sky.
pyromancer
Tells the future by looking into flames.
chiromancer
Tells the future by reading palms.
scapulimancer
Tells the future by examining shoulder blades.

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