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[klair-aw-dee-uh ns]
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  1. the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead.

Origin of clairaudience

1860–65; clair(voyance) + audience (in sense “hearing”)
Related formsclair·au·di·ent, noun, adjectiveclair·au·di·ent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for clairaudience

Historical Examples

  • But as I have already said there are degrees of clairaudience, as of any other psychic faculty.

    Second Sight


  • Brain-cell discharges will hardly account for the phenomena of clairaudience.

    Second Sight


  • Clairaudience denotes phenomena of the same kind in the auditory sphere.

  • The phenomena of clairvoyance, clairaudience, thought-reading, were found to be real.

    Annie Besant

    Annie Besant

  • He hardly knew the meaning of such words as "clairvoyance" and "clairaudience."

    Four Weird Tales

    Algernon Blackwood

British Dictionary definitions for clairaudience


  1. psychol the postulated ability to hear sounds beyond the range of normal hearingCompare clairvoyance
Derived Formsclairaudient, adjective, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French clair clear + audience, after clairvoyance
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Word Origin and History for clairaudience


1864, from French clair (see clear (adj.)) + audience; on model of clairvoyance.

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