second sight


the faculty of seeing future events; clairvoyance.

Origin of second sight

First recorded in 1610–20
Related formssec·ond·sight·ed, adjectivesec·ond·sight·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for second sight

clairvoyance, insight, lucidity, precognition, ESP, prescience

Examples from the Web for second sight

Historical Examples of second sight

  • A well-known story of second-sight in Scotland will illustrate what I mean.


    Charles Webster Leadbeater

  • Isn't it second-sight when you can tell if people are going to die?

  • "It was a sort of second-sight—what they call a brainwave," Nick smiled.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • Henry, indeed, might almost be credited with second-sight into the Emperor's mind.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • I have had no visions; neither ecstacy nor second-sight revealed this to me.

British Dictionary definitions for second sight

second sight


the alleged ability to foresee the future, see actions taking place elsewhere, etc; clairvoyance
Derived Formssecond-sighted, adjectivesecond-sightedness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with second sight

second sight

Clairvoyance, as in Jane must have second sight; she knew exactly where Dad had mislaid his keys. This expression, alluding to the supposed power of someone to perceive an event in the future or distance as though actually present, dates from the early 1600s.

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