The obscure word of the week is axinomancy

This week’s obscure English word is axinomancy.

It’s the term used for the act of divining something by examining the movements of an axe set on a post. In days gone by it was used as a device for determining guilt; if the axe moved when a name was read out, the person was guilty.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

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