sixth sense


Definition of sixth sense

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors use electroconvulsive therapy to treat him, and Paxton's first and only treatment endows him with a freakish sixth sense that leads to uncommon, truly heroic experiences on the job. Courier Journal Staff, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2021 Already young people are using their sixth sense, avoiding mortgage debt and moving seasonally for jobs or remaining digitally connected to their careers. Susan Joy Hassol, Scientific American, 14 Oct. 2021 Dear Pepper, Like many hyper-sensitive New Yorkers, I️ have a sixth sense for restaurant real estate. Liana Finck, The New Yorker, 6 Oct. 2021 Once again, host Nick Cannon had some sort of butt-tapping sixth sense, because when Dalmatian hit Cannon's backside with his tail, the host supposedly had an epiphany about who was under the mask. Lauren Huff,, 30 Sep. 2021 Yet the specter of mutating virus that has an almost uncanny sixth sense in targeting US political divides, still hung over celebrations that represented the most hopeful moment for about 16 months. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 5 July 2021 The collection called, Sixième Sens (sixth sense), uses geometric patterns, contrasting textures and other visual patterns to create seven necklaces and rings that exhibit optical illusions and graphic design themes. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 27 June 2021 You’re being invited to tune out from your usual approach to life and tap into your sixth sense to look for messages that are meant for you and only you. Tarot Astrologers,, 23 May 2021 Scientists in Japan have proven that humans may have a sixth sense: echolocation. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2021

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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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