sé·​ance | \ ˈsā-ˌän(t)s How to pronounce séance (audio) , -ˌäⁿs, sā-ˈ\

Definition of séance

2 : a spiritualist meeting to receive spirit communications

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Interested in philosophy and spiritualism, af Klint was part of de Fem (The Five), a group of women artists who conducted seances and experimented with automatic drawings long before Surrealists began their automatic writing projects. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Abstract Painter Hilma af Klint Inspires a Collaborative Capsule Collection for the Guggenheim Museum Store," 13 Oct. 2018 The early 20th century craze for seances and mediums today seems laughably naive. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018 Cliff began holding seances at the house, and a psychic told him spirits were inhabiting Villa Paula. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Miami's Most Haunted House Is for Sale for Nearly $5 Million," 13 June 2018 The idea is to create a spiritual environment, almost like a seance, and invite us into the inner workings of Brodsky’s mind. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Baryshnikov dancing at the Harris? No, 'Brodsky' is something different," 30 Jan. 2018 It's known for its over-the-top celebration of Halloween and for hosting an annual seance. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Groundbreaking Irvington bar will be first to serve hard liquor," 7 Mar. 2018 Two campy scenes involving a seance and a shrine devoted to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek consolidate the film's motif of religion as a tool for keeping the masses in line. Maggie Lee, chicagotribune.com, "'The Great Buddha +' review: Black comedy that's a digital-era homage to 'Rear Window'," 8 Feb. 2018 There’s a murder, there’s a strange figure in the woods who leaves cryptic clues in a mailbox nailed to a tree, Paquin’s daughter holds a seance and cuts herself to obtain the blood necessary to contact the other side. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "On TV, Jan. 23: Goodie ‘Baskets,’ ‘Bellevue’ belly laughs," 24 Jan. 2018 To earn money for paint and building supplies, Martin, who called himself St. EOM (for Eddie Owens Martin), held seances and exorcisms, and gave psychic readings. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "A Weird and Wonderful Art Tour of the Deep South," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of séance

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for séance

French, from Middle French, from seoir to sit, assemble, from Old French, from Latin sedēre — more at sit

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English Language Learners Definition of séance

: a meeting where people try to communicate with the spirits of dead people

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