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déjà vu

[dey-zhah voo, vyoo; French dey-zha vy] /ˌdeɪ ʒɑ ˈvu, ˈvyu; French deɪ ʒa ˈvü/
Psychology. the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time.
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 of déjà vu
1900-05; < French: literally, already seen Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deja vu
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  • As the film maker spoke - intense, visibly moved -there was a sense of deja vu.
  • Haven't we been through this once already today? It's deja vu all over again.
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  • Along with the decor, the menu is somewhat deja vu.
  • This is more than deja vu.
  • But there is enough that is fresh to compensate for the sense of deja vu.
  • It struck me with a strong 'deja vu' feeling.
British Dictionary definitions for deja vu

déjà vu

/ˈdeɪʒæ ˈvuː; French deʒa vy/
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 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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deja 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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