deja-vu

déjà vu

[dey-zhah voo, vyoo; French dey-zha vy]
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:
1900–05; < French: literally, already seen

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déjà vu (ˈdeɪʒæ ˈvuː, French deʒa vy)
 
n
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
 
[from French, literally: already seen]

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déjà vu
1903, from Fr., "already seen." Also 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 [(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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