clairaudience

[klair-aw-dee-uh ns]
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noun

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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clairaudience

noun

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

Word Origin for clairaudience

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

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

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