second sight

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  1. the faculty of seeing future events; clairvoyance.

Origin of second sight

First recorded in 1610–20

Other words from second sight

  • sec·ond·sight·ed, adjective
  • sec·ond·sight·ed·ness, noun

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

How to use second sight in a sentence

  • They find a universe where others see only trifles; they are gifted with the second-sight and live amid miracles.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • "It was a sort of second-sight—what they call a brainwave," Nick smiled.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James
  • I wasn't glad; perhaps it was a mother's jealousy, perhaps it was second-sight a-warning of me; but I couldn't be pleased nohow.

    Workhouse Characters | Margaret Wynne Nevinson
  • All three had waking hallucinations (second-sight, forebodings, etc.).

  • Probably it is the second-sight of the Scotch, except that they have it in the back of the head.

British Dictionary definitions for second sight

second sight

  1. the alleged ability to foresee the future, see actions taking place elsewhere, etc; clairvoyance

Derived forms of second sight

  • second-sighted, adjective
  • second-sightedness, noun

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Other 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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