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déjà vu

Syllabification: dé·jà vu
Pronunciation: /ˌdāZHä ˈvo͞o
 
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Definition of déjà vu in English:

noun

1A feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
Example sentences
  • Could you explain what happens with temporal lobe epilepsy and why people who have that condition might experience déjà vu more.
  • She also experienced occasional feelings of déjà vu.
  • I feel déjà vu, as this already happened before somewhere.
1.1Tedious familiarity: to list the opponents of his policies is to invite boredom and a sense of déjà vu
More example sentences
  • A soundtrack of canned fiddle tunes completes the déjà vu.
  • The predictable gameplay is overburdened with boring fetch quests, drawing out an already overlong feeling of déjà vu.
  • Nevertheless, some readers might experience déjà vu, that sense that they have been here before, and for good reason.

Origin

early 20th century: French, literally 'already seen'.

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