Pronounced: SUCK-uhs, noun

Notes: I didn’t know this word, but I do know a related word

Yesterday’s word

The word clairaudience means “the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach or ordinary experience or capacity (such as hearing the voices of the dead).

First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1800s

Background / Comments

I suspect that most of us know the word ‘clairvoyance’, which is “seeing things removed in time or space from normal viewing”. Our word is similar, but focuses on hearing instead of seeing. There is also clairsentience. In fact, clairvoyance was first, and then our word came from the combination of clairvoyance with audience (the act of hearing, or attending to, words or sounds). The word clairvoyance is French and literally means “clear seeing” from clair (clear, clearly) and voyance (seeing).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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