séance

[sey-ahns]
noun
1.
a meeting in which a spiritualist attempts to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
2.
a session or sitting, as of a class or organization.

Origin:
1795–1805; < French: session, equivalent to sé-, base of seoir to sit1 (< Latin sedēre) + -ance -ance

science, séance.
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seance or séance (ˈseɪɑ̃ns, -ɑːns, ˈseɪɑ̃ns, -ɑːns)
 
n
1.  a meeting at which spiritualists attempt to receive messages from the spirits of the dead
2.  a meeting of a society
 
[C19: from French, literally: a sitting, from Old French seoir to sit, from Latin sedēre]
 
séance or séance
 
n
 
[C19: from French, literally: a sitting, from Old French seoir to sit, from Latin sedēre]

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seance
1789, "sitting, session," as of a learned society, from Fr. séance "a sitting," from seoir "to sit," from L. sedere (see sit). Meaning "spiritualistic session" first recorded 1845.
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Example sentences
His current target is a gang of slicksters who are running a successful seance racket.
As to dead languages, to my knowledge, only a séance claims to speak and hear them.
Through replication, he also exposed as fraudulent the field of seance magic.
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