Share this entry

Share this page

clairvoyant

Syllabification: clair·voy·ant
Pronunciation: /ˌklerˈvoiənt
 
/

Definition of clairvoyant in English:

noun

A person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.
Example sentences
  • During the two weeks of special events, clairvoyants, psychics and other special guests from across the country will be visiting the Heber Street church.
  • These are our visionaries, spiritualists, clairvoyants and psychics.
  • As part of my research I met psychics, mediums and clairvoyants, and just got them to tell me about their lives.
Synonyms
psychic, fortune teller, crystal gazer;

adjective

Back to top  
Having or exhibiting an ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact: he didn’t tell me about it and I’m not clairvoyant
More example sentences
  • Samantha does in fact have completely reliable clairvoyant power, and her belief about the President did result from the operation of that power.
  • Their location was not a secret to those with clairvoyant powers.
  • Now imagine that one of these individuals knows all about the counter-evidence and is thus sceptical about the existence of clairvoyant powers.
Synonyms

Origin

late 17th century (in the sense 'clear-sighted, perceptive'): from French, from clair 'clear' + voyant 'seeing' (from voir 'to see'). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

clairvoyantly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘I think he's very gifted clairvoyantly,’ she says in her high, quickly-spoken voice.
  • The participant could know clairvoyantly which which card would later be selected.
  • There are people who went to various camps or events where he was and they said clairvoyantly they saw this great being overshadowing him.

Definition of clairvoyant in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day sacerdotal
Pronunciation: ˌsasəˈdəʊt(ə)l
adjective
relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly