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déjà vu

[dey-zhah voo, vyoo; French dey-zha vy] /ˌdeɪ ʒɑ ˈvu, ˈvyu; French deɪ ʒa ˈvü/
noun
1.
Psychology. the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time.
2.
disagreeable familiarity or sameness:
The new television season had a sense of déjà vu about it—the same old plots and characters with new names.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < French: literally, already seen
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British Dictionary definitions for déjà-vu

déjà vu

/ˈdeɪʒæ ˈvuː; French deʒa vy/
noun
1.
the experience of perceiving a new situation as if it had occurred before. It is sometimes associated with exhaustion or certain types of mental disorder
Word Origin
from French, literally: already seen
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Word Origin and History for déjà-vu

deja vu

1903, from French déjà vu, literally "already seen." The phenomenon also is known as promnesia. Similar phenomena are déjà entendu "already heard" (of music, etc.), 1965; and déjà lu "already read."

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déjà-vu in Culture
déjà vu [(day-zhah vooh)]

The strange sensation that something one is now experiencing has happened before: “I knew I had never been in the house before, but as I walked up the staircase, I got a weird sense of déjà vu.” From French, meaning “already seen.”

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