Definition of telesthesia in US English:


(British telaesthesia)


  • The supposed perception of distant occurrences or objects by means other than the known senses.

    • ‘The everyday experience of geography is now also a collective experience of the virtual geography of global media events as the world-making and world-disclosing vectors of the television, telephone and tele-satellite uplinks make telethesia - perception at a distance - an integral part of late twentieth century ‘human’ faculties and capabilities.’
    • ‘The apparatus is one of telethesia.’
    • ‘I prefer telethetic and telethesia to telemetry because the word telemetry is also used by the armed forces to describe a mechanical means of gathering long range data.’


Late 19th century: from tele- + Greek aisthēsis ‘perception’.