clairvoyant

adjective
clair·​voy·​ant | \-ənt \

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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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?")

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Warning: Contains Spoilers No TV recapper is clairvoyant, and none of us can accurately predict a universal reaction among millions of viewers. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 Reagan was clairvoyant when introducing his final high court nominee. Bill Mears, Fox News, "Anthony Kennedy: Swing justice wielded quiet power in a range of high-profile cases," 27 June 2018 InVision will hold a woman’s clairvoyant readings event at their River North facility (20 W. Kinzie St.) on Friday, July 7 from 7-9 p.m. The night will be full of wine, chocolate and psychic women performing readings throughout the event. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 6 July 2017 Illustration: David Klein Huntington, who died in 2008, was arguably America’s most clairvoyant political scientist. Robert D. Kaplan, WSJ, "How Russia and China Could Come Unhinged," 23 Mar. 2018 Like its fellow water signs, Cancer and Pisces, Scorpio is extremely clairvoyant and intuitive. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Scorpio, Explained," 2 Feb. 2018 Blind hurdy-gurdy players producing a ceaseless, penetrating sound also came to be endowed with clairvoyant powers in the popular imagination. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "A Renaissance for an Instrument of Melancholy Magic," 23 Feb. 2018 More recently, Scott discovered and managed the clairvoyant Tyler Henry, star of E!'s Hollywood Medium. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ron Scott, Former Publicist for David Hasselhoff and John Stamos, Dies at 74," 13 Feb. 2018 The following week, Mercury and the sun will move into Pisces on February 17 and 18, respectively, creating a concentrated energy in your clairvoyant zone. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What February's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 30 Jan. 2018

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Achilles, a deaf cat who lives at the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, will give his predictions for World Cup matches after establishing himself as a soccer clairvoyant during the 2017 Confederations Cup. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Deaf Cat Named Achilles Will Predict Results of World Cup Games," 4 June 2018 So much for my second career as a clairvoyant: The lawsuits were settled, and Babu Ji was resurrected at another address, near Union Square. Pete Wells, New York Times, "For Casual Indian Restaurants, It’s Party Time," 13 Mar. 2018 Tyler The Hollywood Medium, has quickly become one of the most in-demand clairvoyants out there. The Editors, Cosmopolitan, "Watch Tyler The Hollywood Medium Help This Cosmo Editor Connect With Her Late Grandmother," 9 Mar. 2018 The Fox sisters of Rochester became a sensation by holding séances in which the dead communicated through rappings, and Andrew Jackson Davis, seer and clairvoyant, emerged as the leader of American spiritualism. Louis P. Masur, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Apparitionists,’ by Peter Manseau," 3 Nov. 2017 Perhaps the most fascinating documents now available are related to STAR GATE, a 25-year-long attempt to see if clairvoyants and psychics could be of use in military and intelligence operations. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Over 12 Million Pages of CIA Documents Are Now Accessible Online," 18 Jan. 2017 Honestly, Musk himself and certain gifted clairvoyants are in the best position for predictions in that realm. Kenzie Bryant, vanityfair.com, "Elon Musk Revolutionizes Celebrity Breakup P.R.," 8 Aug. 2017 Henry, a well known clairvoyant, gives psychic readings to celebrities on his E! Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Medium Tyler Henry warned Alan Thicke about his heart," 1 June 2017 Among Lady Jane’s nearly two hundred journals and two thousand letters are some that describe her dabbling in the paranormal, going to seers and clairvoyants, to connect to her husband. National Geographic, "How the Discovery of Two Lost Ships Solved an Arctic Mystery," 16 Apr. 2017

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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

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clair·​voy·​ant | \-ənt \

Medical Definition of clairvoyant 

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: 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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