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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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  • You will be entertaining your sitter by twitching and jerking and making clairvoyant and clairaudient guesses for him.

  • In this way the "medium" became clairvoyant, clairaudient, telekinetic.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • This is not correct, it all depends if one is clairvoyant or clairaudient.

    The Banshee Elliot O'Donnell
  • I wandered, I recall, into the realm of the clairvoyant and the clairaudient.

    Sight Unseen Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He had visions of scenes that he was impelled to paint and he suffered from clairaudient hallucinations.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • One lady is a clairaudient, and on the occasion of her mother falling ill she heard the words "Wednesday—the fifteenth."

British Dictionary definitions for clairaudient


(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 clairaudient



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

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