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[klair-aw-dee-uh ns] /klɛərˈɔ di əns/
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
1860-65; clair(voyance) + audience (in sense “hearing”)
Related forms
clairaudient, noun, adjective
clairaudiently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for clairaudience
Historical Examples
  • 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


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clairaudience

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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