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clairaudience

[klair-aw-dee-uh ns] /klɛərˈɔ di əns/
noun
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; clair(voyance) + audience (in sense “hearing”)
Related forms
clairaudient, noun, adjective
clairaudiently, adverb
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Examples from the Web for clairaudience
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  • This takes place in hypnotism and is supposed to take place in clairvoyance and clairaudience.

    The Spirit and the Word Zachary Taylor Sweeney
  • clairaudience denotes phenomena of the same kind in the auditory sphere.

  • Brain-cell discharges will hardly account for the phenomena of clairaudience.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • The phenomena of clairvoyance, clairaudience, thought-reading, were found to be real.

    Annie Besant Annie Besant
  • The Hebrew prophets were almost uniformly instructed by means of clairaudience.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • He hardly knew the meaning of such words as "clairvoyance" and "clairaudience."

    Four Weird Tales Algernon Blackwood
  • But as I have already said there are degrees of clairaudience, as of any other psychic faculty.

    Second Sight Sepharial
  • She confessed only to clairvoyance, clairaudience, and weakness of her own will-powers.

  • Some writers on this subject treat "clairaudience" as a separate class of phenomena.

  • "clairaudience" is a term sometimes used to indicate Astral Hearing.

British Dictionary definitions for clairaudience

clairaudience

/ˌklɛərˈɔːdɪəns/
noun
1.
(psychol) the postulated ability to hear sounds beyond the range of normal hearing Compare clairvoyance
Derived Forms
clairaudient, adjective, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French clair clear + audience, after clairvoyance
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Word Origin and History for clairaudience
n.

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

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