One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hearer; a listener.
Listening; paying attention to sounds.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Hooper (d. 1555), bishop of Gloucester and Worcester and protestant martyr. As noun from classical Latin audient-, audiēns hearer or listener, in post-classical Latin also catechumen (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian), use as noun of audient-, audiēns, present participle;.
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