Definition of clairvoyant in English:

clairvoyant

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Consider the Victorian era: mediums and clairvoyants flourished among British and American upper and middle class adults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many people believe in fortune tellers and clairvoyants and all that jazz, but me, I'm just not sure.’
    • ‘His reputation as a clairvoyant was due in large part to his ability to locate lost animals.’
    • ‘The reasons for this become clear once the techniques of social and psychological manipulation used by clairvoyants are understood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During my worst periods I became involved with clairvoyants and Ouija boards so I used to get demonic visitations.’
    • ‘On the other hand, many other commentators disagree, and none of us are clairvoyants.’
    • ‘During the two weeks of special events, clairvoyants, psychics and other special guests from across the country will be visiting the Heber Street church.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As part of my research I met psychics, mediums and clairvoyants, and just got them to tell me about their lives.’
    • ‘These are our visionaries, spiritualists, clairvoyants and psychics.’
    • ‘Valda told us that only clairvoyants could see her.’
    • ‘A psychic researcher and a clairvoyant, he disclosed his findings this week.’
    • ‘Are fortune-tellers, clairvoyants, palm readers, spiritists and voodoo participants in league with demons?’
    psychic, fortune teller, forecaster of the future, crystal gazer, prophet, seer, soothsayer, oracle
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adjective

  • Having or exhibiting an ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.

    ‘he didn't tell me about it and I'm not clairvoyant’
    • ‘Now imagine that one of these individuals knows all about the counter-evidence and is thus sceptical about the existence of clairvoyant powers.’
    • ‘When I give clairvoyant readings, I let the words come out as a flow, while double-checking with my gut intuition.’
    • ‘In the story, clairvoyant dreams presage a family's gruesome end.’
    • ‘Tickets for the clairvoyant evening are £4 in advance and and £5 on the night.’
    • ‘Thus there is a suggestion that clairvoyant imagery tends to be unrelated to ongoing thought processes and is particularly involuntary and spontaneous.’
    • ‘The prophetic or clairvoyant dream is perhaps the strongest reason for believing that dreaming is a gateway to another world.’
    • ‘Moreover, he claimed that the principles of biodynamics could be understood by people of normal intelligence without using clairvoyant techniques.’
    • ‘Certain individuals are gifted with clairvoyant dreams which they can use as means of predicting the out-come of future events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She certainly claimed to have paranormal experiences, but whether she really believed she was clairvoyant or possessed psychic powers, I can't say.’
    • ‘And Justine isn't he only one with paranormal gifts - as Dawn reveals, she may also have some clairvoyant tendencies.’
    • ‘Both errors are common occurrences regarding so-called clairvoyant dreams.’
    • ‘Ghost-finding equipment and images will be on display and she will be demonstrating her clairvoyant skills on the audience from 8pm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is interesting that clairvoyant experiences were among the least reported.’
    • ‘Samantha does in fact have completely reliable clairvoyant power, and her belief about the President did result from the operation of that power.’
    • ‘Their location was not a secret to those with clairvoyant powers.’
    psychic, with second sight, with a sixth sense, prophetic, visionary, oracular
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

clairvoyant

/ˌklɛrˈvɔɪənt//ˌklerˈvoiənt/