clairaudience

[ klair-aw-dee-uh ns ]
/ klɛərˈɔ di əns /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. clair,
  2. clair de lune,
  3. clair, rené,
  4. clair-de-lune,
  5. clair-obscure,
  6. clairaut,
  7. clairaut equation,
  8. clairaut, alexis claude,
  9. claire,
  10. clairseach

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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British Dictionary definitions for clairaudient

clairaudience

/ (ˌklɛərˈɔːdɪəns) /

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 clairaudient

clairaudience

n.

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

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