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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The trio seem to have a sixth sense for each other's movements and whereabouts., "How Napoli Have Evolved Since Last Year's Liverpool Encounters," 11 Sep. 2019 In his prime Davis was endowed with a sixth sense for assessing talent. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 2019 People have many ways of talking about intuition: gut, nose, sixth sense, horse sense, Spidey-sense. Steve Kolowich, Washington Post, "Date Lab: He thought she was sweet. But was she weird enough?," 20 June 2019 My dad also gave me a sixth sense for negative people. Kristen Falso-capaldi, Good Housekeeping, "My Father Bullied Me And I'm Actually Grateful for It," 7 June 2017 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

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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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