Definition of clairvoyant in English:



  • A person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact:

    ‘she has had a message from a clairvoyant that her son is alive and well’
    • ‘Are fortune-tellers, clairvoyants, palm readers, spiritists and voodoo participants in league with demons?’
    • ‘As part of my research I met psychics, mediums and clairvoyants, and just got them to tell me about their lives.’
    • ‘During my worst periods I became involved with clairvoyants and Ouija boards so I used to get demonic visitations.’
    • ‘During the two weeks of special events, clairvoyants, psychics and other special guests from across the country will be visiting the Heber Street church.’
    • ‘On the other hand, many other commentators disagree, and none of us are clairvoyants.’
    • ‘Valda told us that only clairvoyants could see her.’
    • ‘Tom said he knew as a small boy that he had a special gift as a when visions came to him and he now practices as a natural healer, a medium and a clairvoyant.’
    • ‘Learned men from all fields of science, as well as spiritualists, clairvoyants and cranks, have studied the remains to try uncover the secrets of the past.’
    • ‘A psychic researcher and a clairvoyant, he disclosed his findings this week.’
    • ‘It was true some clairvoyants might be simply tricksters, but that had not been his position and he was sure ‘the whole phenomenon cannot be accounted for on natural grounds’.’
    • ‘The reasons for this become clear once the techniques of social and psychological manipulation used by clairvoyants are understood.’
    • ‘Consider the Victorian era: mediums and clairvoyants flourished among British and American upper and middle class adults.’
    • ‘He explained what we as skeptics already know: that there is no evidence that clairvoyants have special powers, and that it is questionable that the police even trust what these psychics are saying.’
    • ‘These are our visionaries, spiritualists, clairvoyants and psychics.’
    • ‘He was often accused of political intractability, a lack of imperativeness, too great a readiness to take clairvoyants seriously, and excessive slyness.’
    • ‘Throughout Europe and North America during the second half of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, numerous people advertised their services as clairvoyants and spirit mediums.’
    • ‘Many people believe in fortune tellers and clairvoyants and all that jazz, but me, I'm just not sure.’
    • ‘Clacton police have received five reports from elderly people in the area who have received the disturbing letters, which claim to be from clairvoyants and demand money.’
    • ‘I am not a fortune teller, but a true clairvoyant, I will help you to find your direction in a way that will leave you empowered and positive.’
    • ‘His reputation as a clairvoyant was due in large part to his ability to locate lost animals.’
    psychic, fortune teller, forecaster of the future, crystal gazer, prophet, seer, soothsayer, oracle
    medium, spiritualist
    telepathist, telepath, mind reader
    palmist, palm reader, chiromancer
    chirosophist, spiritist, palmister
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  • Having or exhibiting clairvoyance:

    ‘he didn't tell me about it and I'm not clairvoyant’
    • ‘It is interesting that clairvoyant experiences were among the least reported.’
    • ‘Their location was not a secret to those with clairvoyant powers.’
    • ‘Certain individuals are gifted with clairvoyant dreams which they can use as means of predicting the out-come of future events.’
    • ‘Ghost-finding equipment and images will be on display and she will be demonstrating her clairvoyant skills on the audience from 8pm.’
    • ‘Tickets for the clairvoyant evening are £4 in advance and and £5 on the night.’
    • ‘She believes everyone has a degree of clairvoyant intuition, often dismissed as déjà vu, but that really skilled clairvoyants are able to go deeper and become completely enveloped in the spirit world.’
    • ‘She certainly claimed to have paranormal experiences, but whether she really believed she was clairvoyant or possessed psychic powers, I can't say.’
    • ‘Moreover, he claimed that the principles of biodynamics could be understood by people of normal intelligence without using clairvoyant techniques.’
    • ‘Thus there is a suggestion that clairvoyant imagery tends to be unrelated to ongoing thought processes and is particularly involuntary and spontaneous.’
    • ‘I am very clairvoyant so at a touch I can either understand or feel an emotion.’
    • ‘In some cases their clairvoyant powers were employed by chiefs for advice and prophesy.’
    • ‘When I give clairvoyant readings, I let the words come out as a flow, while double-checking with my gut intuition.’
    • ‘If so, the clairvoyant quality of these last works, their vision and authority, reflects the fate of a man who knew himself to be doomed.’
    • ‘And Justine isn't he only one with paranormal gifts - as Dawn reveals, she may also have some clairvoyant tendencies.’
    • ‘In the story, clairvoyant dreams presage a family's gruesome end.’
    • ‘Now imagine that one of these individuals knows all about the counter-evidence and is thus sceptical about the existence of clairvoyant powers.’
    • ‘In her defiant assertion, ‘it is a true thing’, Charlotte Brontë was probably thinking of two specific authorities on the subject of mesmerism and clairvoyant communication.’
    • ‘Both errors are common occurrences regarding so-called clairvoyant dreams.’
    • ‘Samantha does in fact have completely reliable clairvoyant power, and her belief about the President did result from the operation of that power.’
    • ‘The prophetic or clairvoyant dream is perhaps the strongest reason for believing that dreaming is a gateway to another world.’
    psychic, with second sight, with a sixth sense, prophetic, visionary, oracular
    telepathic, extrasensory
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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.