- a power of perception beyond the five senses; intuition: His sixth sense warned him to be cautious.
Origin of sixth sense
First recorded in 1830–40
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Related Words for sixth senseinstinct, clairvoyance, divination, feeling, foreknowledge, foresight, hunch, insight, intuition, intuitiveness, perception, premonition, telepathy, ESP, vibes
- any supposed sense or means of perception, such as intuition or clairvoyance, other than the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell
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Keen intuition, as in She had a sixth sense that they would find it in the cellar. This term alludes to a sense in addition to the five physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. [c. 1800]
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