sixth sense


Definition of sixth sense 

: a power of perception like but not one of the five senses : a keen intuitive power

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Examples of sixth sense in a Sentence

She claimed to have a sixth sense for knowing when someone was about to call her. a filmmaker with a sixth sense for knowing which stories the general public will find irresistible

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Listen to your sixth sense when making plans for later in the day., "Non-profit aims to get girls in the game," 2 June 2018 Even a casual observer has to wonder if their landlord has a sixth sense about his tenants, matching them to spaces that unexpectedly call out their names. Mary Colurso,, "Cool Spaces: This live-work building in Crestwood makes artists' dreams come true," 19 Apr. 2018 Barefoot, swinging empty tomato-paste cans, the kids roamed the streets with a sixth sense for those with generous souls. Lane Hartill, The Christian Science Monitor, "A journey from distrust to teammates," 4 Apr. 2018 Violette shares Lauder’s sixth sense for knowing what women want, an intuition distilled into her debut limited-edition capsule for the brand. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "YouTube Star Violette Is About to Invade Your Makeup Bag—Starting with This Poppy Red Lipstick," 20 Mar. 2018 Baker says that emotional sixth sense can be helpful when talking with people adjusting to life’s most stressful events. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "This Call May Be Monitored for Tone and Emotion," 19 Mar. 2018 Sixty years of collecting has also given him a sixth sense for knowing when a new vessel will go on the market. Kate Sierzputowski, Chicago Reader, "If you want to see a famous mug, visit the American Toby Jug Museum in Evanston," 26 Feb. 2018 Very rarely does a championship prediction tattoo work out on in the recipients' favor, but that doesn't stop fans from trying to put their sixth sense to the test. Charlotte Carroll,, "Jaguars' Fan Gets Premature Super Bowl LII Championship Tattoo," 18 Jan. 2018 Earlier this month in Orlando, Florida, possessed by either a rush of Christmas spirit or a sixth sense that supernatural forces were afoot, a German shepherd named Zoey plucked an Elf on the Shelf named Sam from its perch and ripped off his arm. Anchorage Daily News, "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas toy for kids, or a mind game for adults?," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sixth sense

1761, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sixth sense

: a special ability to know something that cannot be learned by using the five senses (such as sight or hearing)

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