[ klair-aw-dee-uhns ]

  1. the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead.: Compare clairsentience, clairvoyance (def. 1).

Origin of clairaudience

First recorded in 1860–65; clair(voyance) + audience (in the sense “hearing”)

Other words from clairaudience

  • clair·au·di·ent, noun, adjective

Words Nearby clairaudience Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clairaudience in a sentence

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

    Four Weird Tales | Algernon Blackwood
  • Had the bell actually been rung, and heard psychically, it would have been a case of astral plane hearing, known as clairaudience.

  • The Hebrew prophets were almost uniformly instructed by means of clairaudience.

    Second Sight | Sepharial
  • clairaudience denotes phenomena of the same kind in the auditory sphere.

  • In many cases of Psychomantic Vision there is an accompaniment of clairaudience; while in others it may be missing.

British Dictionary definitions for clairaudience


/ (ˌklɛərˈɔːdɪəns) /

  1. psychol the postulated ability to hear sounds beyond the range of normal hearing: Compare clairvoyance

Origin of clairaudience

C19: from French clair clear + audience, after clairvoyance

Derived forms of clairaudience

  • clairaudient, adjective, noun

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