Definition of sixth sense in English:

sixth sense


  • A supposed intuitive faculty giving awareness not explicable in terms of normal perception.

    ‘some sixth sense told him he was not alone’
    • ‘Ben hoped and prayed, though, that his sixth sense would be wrong this time.’
    • ‘He had a slight hunch though, perhaps due to a sixth sense of some sort, that Natalie wasn't quiet as happy as usual.’
    • ‘It was a sixth sense, not in some fanciful play of words, but physically.’
    • ‘He had only a split second of warning, a sixth sense that caused him to turn.’
    • ‘Do animals have a sixth sense that allows them to predict earthquakes?’
    • ‘In addition to your five physical senses, you were born with intuition, your sixth sense.’
    • ‘She was five when she first realised she had a sixth sense.’
    • ‘Over the years, I have developed a bit of a sixth sense about the business and nowadays tend to keep well away.’
    • ‘Balance is our true sixth sense; it enables us to sense how our bodies are moving around in the world and keep us upright.’
    • ‘This is the tale of a girl who has visions and with a sixth sense.’
    • ‘When you are in the jungle for a while you are supposed to develop a sixth sense - to know when something is going to happen and to know when you are being watched.’
    • ‘I believe in the sixth sense, telepathy and rebirth as I have experienced it.’
    • ‘Isn't a foetus alive when it becomes aware of its surroundings by any one of its senses and in that I include the so-called sixth sense.’
    • ‘Very likely, some intuitive hunches do indicate the presence of a sixth sense.’
    • ‘Street thugs, who live by their wits, have a sixth sense when they are being conned.’
    • ‘There are times when this absolute faith in their sixth sense can be dangerous, for them and for others.’
    • ‘Prof Warwick also hopes to wire himself up to a ultrasonic sensor, to give himself a bat-like sixth sense.’
    • ‘He seemed to have a sixth sense when it came to sensing danger and I don't think you can say the same about Campbell.’
    • ‘In the area of a sixth sense, cats have long been noted as gifted.’
    • ‘He's normally very careful, and almost has a sixth sense when it comes to detecting even traces of nut.’
    instinct, intuition, intuitiveness
    clairvoyance, second sight, divination
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sixth sense

/ˌsɪksθ ˈsɛns/