[klair-aw-dee-uh ns]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clairaudient

Historical Examples of clairaudient

  • In this way the "medium" became clairvoyant, clairaudient, telekinetic.

  • This is not correct, it all depends if one is clairvoyant or clairaudient.

    The Banshee

    Elliot O'Donnell

  • I wandered, I recall, into the realm of the clairvoyant and the clairaudient.

    Sight Unseen

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • You will be entertaining your sitter by twitching and jerking and making clairvoyant and clairaudient guesses for him.

  • He had visions of scenes that he was impelled to paint and he suffered from clairaudient hallucinations.


    Cleveland Moffett

British Dictionary definitions for clairaudient



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 clairaudient



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

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