clairvoyant

adjective
clair·​voy·​ant | \ kler-ˈvȯi-ənt How to pronounce clairvoyant (audio) \

Definition of clairvoyant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having clairvoyance : able to see beyond the range of ordinary perception claims to be clairvoyant
2 : of or relating to clairvoyance clairvoyant powers the clairvoyant revelations of a medium

clairvoyant

noun

Definition of clairvoyant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one having the power of clairvoyance

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Other Words from clairvoyant

Adjective

clairvoyantly adverb

The Meaning of Clairvoyant Is Clear

Adjective

In French, "clairvoyant" literally means "clear-seeing," mentally or optically. The term made a brief appearance in English in the 17th century, as an adjective suggesting a keen sense of perception, but it did not become firmly established in the language until the 19th century. Today we most often apply this adjective to someone who essentially has ESP, an unexplainable ability to know or perceive things that others cannot. (We also now use "clairvoyant" as a noun for a person who has this ability.) But although "clairvoyant" is nearly always used in the ESP sense these days, the allusion to special powers frequently isn't dead serious. ("Are you clairvoyant? How did you know I was going to wear my flamingo shirt?")

Examples of clairvoyant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lorraine is clairvoyant, but their connection runs deeper than that. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 3 June 2021 The leader of a band of desert mercenaries is hired to kill a ruthless despot and his clairvoyant sorceress. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 While not everything in that column turned out to be prescient (no one is clairvoyant), there were nuggets that some readers hopefully took to heart. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Mulligan, co-produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and a plum role in the second season of the AppleTV+ series Dickinson, as hair-care entrepreneur/clairvoyant maid Hattie. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 2 Mar. 2021 Choose from specialties and subject matter expertise like love, career, energy healing, clairvoyant psychic, etc. Norcal Marketing, Chron, 28 Jan. 2021 But doing so might be a mistake, suggests Deganit Nuur, a clairvoyant and spiritual healer who splits her time between Los Angeles and New York. Sophia Li, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2020 At the time, many people in the business world considered Byrne to be an almost clairvoyant entrepreneur. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 Indeed, right up until the nose starts to chatter off line, Subaru's new coupe is gifted with exceptional balance and clairvoyant reflexes. Car and Driver, 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The flaws of each character will surprise and perhaps even enchant you — and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Spare and rhapsodic, Eartheater is set on the margins of an unnamed Latin American city and follows a teenage clairvoyant who communes with the dead by eating dirt. Wired Staff, Wired, 29 Sep. 2020 When Dolly Parton was a young girl, a clairvoyant in the Smoky Mountains who went by the name Bones once told her she was meant for greatness. Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Aug. 2020 And as one of the founders of the New York Record Pool — an organization that helped distribute promotional vinyl to D.J.s — in 1975, Mancuso was at the forefront of asserting the D.J.’s role as commercial and critical clairvoyant. Aaron Gonsher, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 During this same period, clairvoyants were quite the rage in England. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Dec. 2019 McCorristine goes so far as to describe clairvoyants as a medium of communication, a ridiculous assertion. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Dec. 2019 This was a fruitful time for New Yorkers with spiritual interests, and Dr. Newbrough fell into the eclectic circles of the city, visiting many seers and clairvoyants. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, 7 June 2018 Sure, there are some fights – most of them internecine, as various X-Men start to doubt the leadership of Charles, a powerful clairvoyant who is revealed to have tinkered with Jean’s mind as a child. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of clairvoyant

Adjective

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clairvoyant

Adjective

French, from clair clear (from Latin clarus) + voyant, present participle of voir to see, from Latin vidēre — more at wit

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“Clairvoyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clairvoyant. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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clairvoyant

adjective
clair·​voy·​ant | \ -ənt How to pronounce clairvoyant (audio) \

Medical Definition of clairvoyant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to clairvoyance

clairvoyant

noun

Medical Definition of clairvoyant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one having the power of clairvoyance

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